The enamel that covers and protects your teeth also acts as an insulator. Underneath the enamel is the dentin, which is not only less dense than the enamel, but also contains tiny tubules that contain fluid. These fluid-filled tubules transmit sensation to the nerve of the tooth. Teeth can become hypersensitive, or overly sensitive, when the protective enamel coating becomes worn or damaged. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, our dentist can help.
Sensitive teeth are not necessarily a sign of serious dental problems, but they can be. They can also affect your day-to-day life and make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks. To properly address hypersensitivity, our dentist will first need to identify the underlying cause.
Some common causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- Worn enamel
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum disease
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
The treatment we recommend will vary based on the cause of the problem. If dental disease is to blame for your pain, it will need to be treated. Cavities and fractured teeth may need fillings, inlays, or crowns. In some cases, a root canal can be needed to address deep decay or an infection located deep inside the tooth. If the root is exposed, you may need a gum graft or dental bonding to protect it.
Most cases of sensitive teeth are caused by worn enamel. A desensitizing toothpaste can be an effective way to manage this type of sensitivity. Desensitizing toothpaste blocks sensations from the exterior to the nerve of the tooth, but you may not get full relief until after several applications. Topical fluoride treatments are also effective against hypersensitivity because they can strengthen the remaining enamel.
Proper dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of sensitivity. Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Use a soft-bristled brush each time you clean your teeth, and do not brush too hard since this can damage the enamel. Avoid eating and drinking acidic foods and drinks. Acid erosion can significantly damage enamel and contribute to sensitivity. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings to monitor the health of your smile. Call our office today to learn more about sensitive teeth or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Some of the major insurances we accept are displayed to the right, however, we gladly accept ALL PPO Insurance plans and are a Delta Dental Premier provider.
We will gladly help you to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services.
Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our office or call your insurance carrier should you have any questions.
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