Find A Long-Term Solution To Teeth Sensitivity
- October 22, 2017
Few things are more enjoyable than taking in Connecticut’s fall foliage while sipping hot apple cider — unless sensitive teeth leave you wincing every time you take a sip.
Sure, there are desensitizing toothpastes that can dull the pain, but if you’re experiencing achy teeth when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods, the sensitivity could be a sign of a more serious dental problem.
The professionals at Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT can help ease and eliminate your pain. Read on to learn more about what causes teeth sensitivity, and call Gentle Dental Care at (860) 479-2397 if you’re ready to find a solution.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
First, here’s a quick crash course in the anatomy of a tooth: In a healthy tooth, enamel protects the visible part of the tooth above the gumline. Cementum protects the tooth root below the gumline. Underneath all of it is dentin, which is made of microscopic hollow tubes. When dentin is exposed, due to a loss of enamel or cementum, hot, cold, and sweet substances can get inside the tooth and reach nerves.
So, if exposed dentin leads to hypersensitivity, what leads to dentin exposure?
Here are some common causes:
- Tooth decay and cavities. Holes in the teeth caused by decay can be easily remedied with a filling.
- Fractured teeth. This is often caused by chewing on hard objects, teeth grinding, or other trauma.
- Worn fillings. The lifespan of a filling depends on what material it’s made of, and though they can last a long time, all fillings eventually need to be replaced.
- Gum disease. A buildup of plaque-causing bacteria beneath the gumline can cause gums to become irritated and inflamed.
- Worn enamel. Acidic foods and plaque can eat away at enamel.
- Exposed tooth root. In cases of gum recession, the gumline pulls away from the tooth, exposing the root.
What Are Some Long-Term Solutions To Teeth Sensitivity?
If you’re looking to get rid of the pain for good, you’ll have to address what’s causing the sensitivity in the first place. The only way to identify the root of the problem is to consult with a dental professional.
At Gentle Dental Care, you can consult with an expert and most likely receive treatment in the same office. Dr. Peltzer has more than 35 years of dental and educational experience and learned from some of the best dentists in the country. Not only can he help you identify the cause of your pain, but he also offers a wide variety of dental services.
Here are some of the procedures we offer in-house that may be able to address your hypersensitivity.
- Root canal procedure. If your sensitivity is caused by severe decay or infection, Dr. Peltzer can perform a root canal procedure to clear the tooth of infected dental pulp (along with nerves and blood vessels). Though root canal procedures have a reputation for being unpleasant, much of the pain associated with the treatment comes from the infection and not the dentist. However, Dr. Peltzer offers dental sedation to prevent discomfort.
- Gum recession repair. A progressive loss of gum tissue can be accompanied by worsening sensitivity. At Gentle Dental Care, we offer a gum graft procedure that repairs your gumline after recession has occurred. After thoroughly cleaning the affected area, Dr. Peltzer will remove a small amount of tissue from another part of your mouth and carefully secure it to the receding gumline. This restores your smile and encourages healthy regrowth of tissue and bone that have been lost as a result of recession.
- Filling replacement. If a worn filling is causing increased sensitivity, there’s good news: replacing it is generally a simple procedure. At Gentle Dental Care, we use composite fillings that will closely match the color of your teeth. They’re more discreet than metal fillings, so you might be even happier with the finished product than you were with the original filling.
If you’re ready to get to the bottom of what’s causing your dental sensitivity, call Gentle Dental Care at (860) 479-2397 to schedule an appointment.
Are There Any Short-Term Fixes For Sensitivity?
There are desensitizing toothpastes and gels available both over-the-counter and by prescription. Desensitizing toothpastes contain compounds that block pain signals to the nerves of the tooth to address your pain.
Our knowledgeable team can help find one that best fits your needs, but it’s important to note that these solutions will only offer you temporary relief.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution that will alleviate hypersensitivity, give the caring team at Gentle Dental Care a call at (860) 479-2397. You can also use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment.