Learn About Solutions the Dentist Has for Treating Sensitive Teeth

Posted on: October 6, 2014

dentistAs an experienced dentist, we have multiple ways to treat sensitive teeth. This can start with a standard teeth cleaning.  Sometimes bacteria can build up on teeth and gums which create overall irritation.  By removing it, we can help your teeth to feel better.  We will also conduct a thorough dental exam to determine why your teeth may be in pain.Here is what we look for:
  • Cavities.  If you have any cavities, they will create tooth pain. When people go a while without visiting the dentist, the risk for multiple cavities increases.  This may cause sensitivity throughout your mouth that can be corrected by treating the cavities and using a filling to strengthen the previously infected teeth.  If the center of the tooth becomes infected, we can also perform a root canal and apply a dental crown afterwards to protect the tooth.
  • Gum disease. This is a common issue and can be treated by removing bacteria from under the gums.  Gum disease can be painful and make gums swell and bleed which creates an overall sensitivity.  Worse yet, is when the disease spreads and pockets are created in the gum tissue.  Roots will become exposed, and additional pain may be created as a result. As a dentist, we will remove the bacteria and conduct a gum graft if necessary for correcting the problem.
  • Worn enamel.  The exterior of your teeth are protected by a layer of enamel.  This is a strong mineral that prevents anything from touching the tooth’s roots.  It can wear away due to acid, brushing too aggressively, or even age.  As it wears away, dentin is exposed, and the dentin is full of tiny holes that contain nerve ending.  When you eat and drink, things touch those nerve endings and pain signals can be sent to the brain.
  • Damaged teeth.  You may have a slight crack in your tooth, and not even know it.  Eating something hard like nuts or ice can cause damage to your teeth as can playing sports.  When a tooth becomes cracked, it must be restored.  We can do so using a dental crown or dental veneers.  They will both look natural once done and make it possible to eat using that tooth without causing pain.
  • Worn out fillings.  If your fillings are old, they may become worn out and need to be replaced.  This can be done fairly easily, and we use natural colored fillings so that your smile can look natural when done.
We will provide the treatment solutions necessary to help you feel better and eliminate the tooth sensitivity that you are experiencing.  While at home, you can also help by brushing with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This will help to strengthen your teeth without causing the wear and tear that a hard toothbrush does.  You should also avoid eating foods that are too acidic, as this can further wear away your enamel and create additional sensitivity issues.