Do you suffer daily from the pain of sensitive teeth? This condition is common for many people, but it is often a sign that something is wrong with their dental health. Keep reading to learn more about sensitive teeth and call our dentist at (419) 536-9196 to see if we can help.
What Is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is frequently characterized as a sharp pain in the tooth followed by an ache. It occurs when your teeth experience pressure (such as chewing or brushing), extreme temperature change (such as hot or cold foods), or when eating certain types of foods or drinks (such as acidic ones).
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by wear to the enamel tissue that covers the tooth. This allows the tubes in the dentin tissue underneath to more easily transmit signals to the tooth nerve. Bruxism, tooth decay, injury, and gum disease can all result in tooth sensitivity.
What Treatments Are There For Tooth Sensitivity?
The simplest treatment is to use a desensitizing toothpaste which has compounds that block the transmission of sensation. Depending on the cause of your sensitivity, our dentist may recommend other treatment options such as fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel, crowns to restore tooth structure, a night guard to prevent bruxism, or a gum graft to replace gum tissue lost to disease. If all else fails, then we can remove the tooth nerve through a root canal treatment.