Tooth sensitivity is defined as temporary pain in your teeth and is typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. It can make certain activities such as brushing, eating and drinking uncomfortable. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by other factors such as a cavity, cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain and discomfort, please make an appointment with Page Dental Group. Dr. Page will be able to identify and rule out any underlying causes of tooth pain that could become more serious if untreated. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend the following:
- Desensitizing toothpaste – Several brands of toothpaste on the market are designed to help people with sensitive teeth. Some pastes contain an active ingredient called potassium nitrate, which helps to block the tiny tubules in the dentin. It’s important to continue using it if you find relief for your tooth sensitivity.
- Mouth guard – If you’re grinding your teeth when you’re tense, you could be wearing away enamel and giving yourself a sensitivity problem. We may recommend you try a mouth guard at night, or change your sleeping position if you’re noticing that headaches and unexplained jaw pain associated with your tooth sensitivity.
- Desensitizer – Dr. Page might apply a desensitizer to the sensitive areas of your teeth to reduce pain.
- Surgical gum graft – Normally the root of your tooth is covered by your gum. In the event that you have gum recession, either by gum disease or hard brushing, then the root may be exposed which can cause tooth sensitivity. Gum grafting is a treatment option where a small amount of gum tissue is taken from the mouth to cover the exposed root.
- Root canal – If your sensitive teeth cause severe pain and other treatments aren’t effective, Dr. Page might recommend a root canal. A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat problems in the interior of the tooth.
To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste and floss daily. Use gentle strokes, rather than vigorous or harsh scrubbing, and avoid using abrasive toothpaste.
For more information about tooth sensitivity and booking an appointment please email us or call our office at (214) 692-7499.