Sensitive teeth can result from a wide range of reasons, and each causal factor determines how best to handle the condition. Teeth sensitivity might affect only a tooth or many teeth. It could be mild and go away on its own after a little while, or it could be intense and chronic. Read on to find out what best to do about your tooth sensitivity depending on your unique situation.
A sensitive tooth is usually a result of worn tooth enamel and compromised tooth root. Sharp pains and burning sensations are felt when highly sensitive parts of the teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures due to the degradation of the protective layers of enamel and gums. When you have sensitive teeth, you'll experience sharp, shooting pain in your teeth triggered when you consume foods and beverages that are either hot, cold, sweet, or acidic, or when you brush and floss, or when you use alcohol-based mouth rinses.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
The sensitive layers of the teeth can become exposed due to cracked or chipped teeth, broken teeth, worn fillings or crowns, gum recession, cavity, or gum disease. These causal factors are heavily associated with hard brushing and the use of hard toothbrushes, teeth grinding and teeth clenching, and the excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages.
Other less common causes include teeth bleaching and health ails like Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), where excessive amounts of acids from the stomach and esophagus flow into the mouth and degrades the enamel.
How Best to Handle Your Teeth Sensitivity
The best way to handle your tooth sensitivity is to have our seasoned dentists examine it at our office to decipher its true nature. If it's not serious, we'll recommend simple solutions like desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride mouthwashes, desensitizing or bonding procedures, etc. These solutions help shore up the protective layers of the enamel and gums, However, if there are serious underlining conditions like GERD and gum infections, you might need to undergo more complex restoration procedures like gum graft and root canal.
No matter the degree and intensity of the sensitive teeth, don't risk grappling with it all on your own. Reach out to our expert dentists today for help with your sensitive teeth.