Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity (dentin hypersensitivity). It may be painful for you to drink cold beverages or eat hot foods, depending on your level of sensitivity. This condition can be caused by worn tooth enamel, exposed roots, or it may be a symptom of something more serious. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat tooth sensitivity so your day-to-day activities can return to normal, and cause you less pain! The best dentist in Chicago, IL, offers some advice for what to do about teeth sensitivity.
Your teeth can be sensitive to a number of different triggers. If the below problems are familiar to you, you may have a problem with tooth sensitivity:
While tooth sensitivity can be caused by something easily remedied like worn enamel, there’s also the chance that it’s a symptom of something that could threaten your dental health. Causes of tooth sensitivity include:
It can be hard to determine the root of the problem. However, there are treatments available to reduce the amount of sensitivity you experience.
The first recommended treatment is sensitivity-reducing toothpaste. These toothpastes are available over-the-counter and can help by desensitizing your teeth after just a few applications.
Fluoride is another beneficial treatment that can help strengthen enamel. Our dentist may recommend in-office fluoride treatment or provide at-home fluoride applications.
If the tooth root is exposed, our dentist may recommend dental bonding and add a layer of resin to the root to protect the exposed area.
If the sensitivity is around a crown or filling, it could be worn out and it may be time to replace it. Our dentist can determine if this is the cause of your sensitivity and recommend treatment accordingly.
If these treatments have no effect on your condition and your teeth remain painful, our dentist may recommend a root canal to remove the pulp and completely eliminate tooth sensitivity.
Contact our dentist to be evaluated for tooth sensitivity treatments!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact Dente Complete Dentistry, with a convenient dental office in Chicago, IL, by calling 773.295.0562 or by clicking here.