Are you always avoiding cold foods or hot beverages because of how sensitive your teeth are? If your answer is yes, it may be time to finally address this inconvenient and possibly painful condition.
Millions of people experience tooth sensitivity but not all of them know what's causing sensitive teeth. If you, too, want to know more about sensitive teeth and what could be causing it, read on as we discuss the causes and treatments for this problem.
Before we talk about the causes of tooth sensitivity, it's important that you first understand the origin of hypersensitivity in teeth. You see, the inside of your tooth is made up primarily of dentin - a material that has microscopic tubules containing tiny nerve endings. The enamel of your tooth (the hard outer layer) protects the dentin inside the crown of your tooth. A layer of cementum protects the dentin that is found in the root of your tooth. When dentin loses either the protection of the enamel or cementum, the nerve endings inside its tubules are exposed to cold, hot, and acidic foods and this causes nerve irritation or dentin hypersensitivity.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
The following dental issues can cause sensitive teeth:
* Tooth erosion caused by highly acidic food and drinks
* Tooth decay and/or a broken tooth which exposes the dentin
* Worn-out tooth enamel due to excessively aggressive brushing or hard-bristled toothbrush
* Gum recession that exposes the root surface
* Leaky dental fillings
* Tooth grinding
* Sensitivity experienced after a dental treatment (this is only temporary and is common with procedures like tooth bleaching, crowns, and fillings, among others)
What Should You Do if You Suffer from Sensitive Teeth?
The first thing to do would be to talk about it with your dentist who can help you find relief. Be detailed when you describe your symptoms. It will also be helpful if you inform your dentist when you noticed the pain, as well as the things you do that help make it better like swishing warm water or applying a warm compress.
Once your dentist has determined the reason for your sensitive teeth, treatment can commence. It can be something as simple as replacing a worn filling or fixing a cavity. But if the discomfort mainly comes from exposed root surfaces due to gum recession, a gum graft may be suggested by your dentist.
What You Can Do to Manage the Sensitivity
Even if there is no obvious cause for your sensitive teeth, there are still various treatments that can help manage the problem. For one, your dentist can apply fluoride gel to reduce painful sensations and strengthen the enamel. You can also try a desensitizing toothpaste that can help block the nerve endings in the dentin that is exposed.
Why suffer from sensitive teeth when a short trip to your dentist is all it takes? Make an appointment with your dentist at Preston Dental Centre today and you might be able to finally enjoy the food and drinks that you have been missing for so long!