What Is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is very common. It’s estimated that one in three adults suffer pain due to sensitive teeth forcing them to avoid consuming cold foods and hot drinks.
Sensitive teeth (Dentin Hypersensitivity) are usually caused by the erosion of enamel (the hard outer layer of the tooth), which leaves the dentin less protected. The dentin contains tiny nerve endings that run down into the tooth root. Also, receding gums can leave the dentin and tooth root exposed.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
- Hot or cold foods and drinks.
- Grinding teeth and clenching.
- Aggressive brushing, too much brushing.
- Poor oral hygiene, allowing bacteria to destroy the enamel.
- Brushing with abrasive toothpaste or teeth whitening paste.
- Receding gums due to aging or improper brushing and oral care.
- A chipped or damaged tooth, exposing the dentin and nerves.
How to Treat Tooth Sensitivity
The first thing is to identify what has caused your enamel erosion, creating your sensitivity. So make an appointment with us. At Total Dental Care, we are professionals and we’ll identify the cause and offer the best solution for your situation.
If you are suffering from dental pain, make an appointment to see us immediately. Also, start using a very soft-bristled brush and use toothpaste specifically designed to help lower teeth sensitivity.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
The Endodontic treatment alleviates the source of tooth pain. To ensure you’re comfortable, we’ll numb the tooth with a local anaesthetic. The visit itself will be similar to having a filling, except it takes a bit more time. If you’re a little nervous about the procedure, feel free to ask us about sleep dentistry options.
Most Common Types of Sensitivity
- Hot — A tooth that’s sensitive to heat will usually mean there’s something going on with the nerve inside of it. An abscess, cracked tooth or deep cavity could be the cause. Endodontic therapy is usually the preferred method of treatment.
- Cold — Cold sensitivity is quite common. Some people experience it because they use a lot of whitening products; others may feel pain because they have exposed tooth roots. Fluoride treatments or an anti-sensitivity toothpaste might help.
- Sweet — A red-flag for cavities, sweet sensitivity is a tell-tale sign that you could need a filling. Sweets can include anything from your favourite coffee creamer to a sports drink. We’ll take an X-ray to see how extensive the decay is.
- Pressure — When you bite down, does it cause the tooth to feel more sensitive than the rest of the time? There might be a crack, broken restoration or even an abscess near the root.
Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs
Sensitive teeth aren’t normal. While some types of tooth sensitivity are easier to treat than others, be sure to let us know what’s going on. You might only need a special type of toothpaste to ease the symptoms or there could be a more severe issue that requires professional treatment.
Any time your mouth doesn’t feel like it’s supposed to, be sure to speak with our family dentist! Relief could be just a short visit away.
SENSITIVE TEETH? GIVE US A CALL
There’s no need for a referral to our practice if you’re looking for a solution to sensitive teeth. Contact our Maroubra dental office to book your appointment and we’ll handle the rest. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.