The agonising sensation of what seems like a drill suddenly buried deep in your teeth can make you jump out of your seat in an instant. Unfortunately, for individuals who suffer from tooth sensitivity, this is a familiar painful feeling.
Sensitive teeth are a very common dental problem that affects millions of people around the world. Sensitive teeth can occur for several reasons and can be easily triggered by eating hot, cold, or sweet foods.
At Prevent Dental Suite, we encounter many patients who complain of sensitive teeth. Fortunately, this dental problem can be easily treated at our clinic. By knowing the causes and preventive measures, you can also reduce tooth sensitivity at home.
Why You Have Sensitive Teeth
Your tooth enamel and your gums are responsible for protecting the dentine (the layer beneath tooth enamel) from extreme temperatures and other irritants. However, when the protective barriers of enamel are compromised, the tooth becomes highly sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure.
Possible causes for tooth sensitivity include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
- Damaged tooth filling
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Aggressive brushing
- Accumulation of dental plaque on the root surfaces
How to Prevent Sensitive Teeth
You can prevent your teeth from becoming hypersensitive. The key is to keep your gums healthy. Here are some steps to take:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as the bristles are gentle to your teeth and gums.
- Brush your teeth gently, especially around the gum line.
- Reduce your consumptions of acidic foods and beverages as they are can erode the protective layer of your teeth and exposes the dentine.
- Tell your dentist if your grind your teeth at night. He or she may recommend a night appliance to avoid grinding and clenching.
Possible Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
Your Prevent Dental Suite dentist may recommend various treatments depending on what causes your sensitive teeth.
The treatment can range from recommendations for lifestyle changes to general and cosmetic dental procedures. We may advise you reduce using tooth whitening products as they can make your teeth more prone to sensitivity. Desensitizing toothpaste may also be recommended to help block pain related to dental sensitivity.
Other possible treatments include dental bonding to protect the sensitive teeth from temperatures, surgical gum graft to protect exposed roots and reduce sensitivity, or root canal therapy to treat the inflamed dental pulp that might have been causing sensitive sensations on your teeth. Root canal treatment is considered the most effective way of treating sensitive teeth.
Effective Solution for Sensitive Teeth in Kallangur
Don’t let sensitive teeth stop you from eating your favourite foods. If you have sensitive teeth, visit us here at Prevent Dental Suite to determine the cause of the problem. We offer various treatment options for sensitive teeth to keep your smile healthy and pain-free.
We are a family friendly dentist serving patients of all ages in Kallangur, Warner, Murrumba Downs, North Lakes, Petrie, Strathpine, Griffin, and surrounding areas in Brisbane northside.