When you suffer from tooth sensitivity, some of the most simple pleasures in life — that hot cup of coffee on a cold winter morning, or an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a summer evening — become something to avoid. And because of the nature and intensity of the pain that comes along with tooth sensitivity, it can be tempting to think that nothing can be done to avoid or treat it.
At Zeal Dentistry, Dr. Raina and his team know differently. In fact, there are many possible causes of tooth sensitivity, just as there are a variety of approaches to treatment.
Common Tooth Sensitivity Causes
Tooth sensitivity causes can be difficult to identify. However, when you are suffering from this, you must rule out any causes that may involve structural damage to the teeth. These include, but are not limited to:
- Worn teeth, which may be indicative of teeth-grinding
- Loose fillings
- Dentin hypersensitivity
- Cracked teeth or chipped teeth
- Untreated cavities or advanced tooth decay
It is also essential to rule out gum disease, which can cause tooth sensitivity in addition to a host of other problems, especially when left unchecked.
Tooth Sensitivity Treatment and Tips
If your tooth sensitivity persists after having ruled out or repaired physical damage to the teeth, your dentist may recommend any number of treatment options. Among the most common are:
- Desensitizing toothpaste, of which there are many on the market
- Bonding resin, which involves applying an adhesive to the exposed roots of teeth
- Flouride treatment, which serves to strengthen the hard outer shell of the tooth
- Gum graft, which is particularly effective when gum recession has resulted in sensitivity
- Root canal therapy, which involves removing the infected or inflamed root of the tooth, a common cause of tooth sensitivity
There is, as you can see, a wide range in terms of how invasive these procedures are. Ultimately, you and your dentist will have to make the decision based on what will be most effective in your particular case.
In the meantime, we strongly suggest that you limit your consumption of highly acidic foods and drinks, especially fruit juices, sodas, and wine, all of which can perpetuate the problem. We also recommend that you pay attention to the amount of wear and tear your teeth are getting. If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth, see your dentist about a mouthguard or other treatments. Additionally, if you are brushing too vigorously, or with anything other than a soft toothbrush, we recommend that you adjust your oral hygiene regimen appropriately.
Contact Your Dentist Today
At Zeal Dentistry, Dr. Raina and the expert team have a long history of treating patients with tooth sensitivity. Make an appointment today by calling us at 415.792.4771. You don’t have to live with tooth sensitivity any longer!