Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? if so, you may have sensitive teeth.
Possible causes include:
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Gum disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth root
Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. One of the following treatments may be provided: -desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
- Fluoride gel - An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
- A crown, inlay or bonding - These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft - If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal - If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.
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