No, this is not a poor spin off of a Jane Austen novel. Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem, and if hot or cold foods make you wince you don’t have to read a novel - just this article! There are several causes for sensitive teeth including tooth decay (cavities), fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, and exposed tooth root.
- Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
- Fluoride gel. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
- A crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Brushing and flossing daily, using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly are important steps in preventing sensitive teeth. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or if you have concerns about tooth sensitivity.
Info from mouthhealthy.org