Tooth Sensitivity is a common and painful problem that can easily be prevented.
If you experience pain when you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet or sour – then you are suffering from a common affliction known as tooth sensitivity. You may even experience pain simply by touching your teeth or breathing in fresh, cold air. There are two different types of tooth sensitivity.
Dentinal sensitivity can occur in more than one tooth. Dentin is the middle layer of your tooth that is usually covered by enamel. Dentin consists of miniscule openings called tubules and inside these tubules are extremely sensitive nerve endings.
Your dentin becomes exposed for the following reasons:
- Brushing your teeth too vigorously.
- Tartar build-up or poor oral hygiene
- Exposed fillings
- Receding gums
- Tooth whitening for those with exposed roots
- Eating acidic foods or liquids on a daily basis
The mass of blood vessels and nerves in the centre of your tooth is referred to as the pulp. This will only occur in a single tooth and is generally caused by the following:
- Pressure from grinding or clenching your teeth
- A new filling
- A broken or cracked tooth
- Infection or decay
When Should You See the Dentist?
If your tooth remains highly sensitive for more than three or four days, it is best to allow the dental team here at Tusk to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. You may have a cavity or abscess that you are unaware of, so it is extremely important to get an oral exam. We will need x-rays to show if there is decay or nerve damage.
Pain Relief Options
- Desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne. Sensodyne has been proven to be helpful in blocking the pain associated with sensitive teeth.
- Fluoride Treatment: Applying a fluoride varnish to protect your teeth will help protect and strengthen your teeth. Follow this up with fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses at home.
- Bonding/Desensitising: In some cases, sensitive root surfaces can be treated by applying bonding resin to the exposed root surfaces.
- Surgical Gum Graft: In more severe cases, your tooth root will have lost a significant amount of gum tissue. We can take gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and surgically attach it to the spot that is exposed.
- Root Canal: This is the most successful way to treat pupal sensitivity caused by nerve damage.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups will prevent most cases of tooth sensitivity. Why wait another day? Contact Tusk Dental and let us help you keep that beautiful smile healthy!