If you experience occasional discomfort, pain while brushing your teeth, eating or drinking cold, hot or acidic foods, you probably suffer from sensitive teeth. Sensitivity is commonly caused when the gums recede exposing the underlying tooth root. This layer is called the dentin and can be very sensitive when exposed as it does not have the protection of enamel.
Although there are many contributing factors, the main causes of tooth sensitivity are:
Brushing with a toothpaste specially formulated to reduce sensitivity will help ease the discomfort. These toothpastes when used on a regular basis will assist in desensitizing the tooth. Treating teeth with fluoride mouthwashes and tooth mousse can also help reduce tooth sensitivity. It is important that we determine what is causing your tooth sensitivity to be able to take the appropriate measures to prevent further damage. Until we can diagnose the cause, sensitivity may be difficult to treat.
In some cases we may need to place a tooth coloured filling over the exposed tooth root to protect the dentin.
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Tooth sensitivity may also be caused by a crack in a tooth, damage to the nerve or even inflamed sinuses. Please be sure to mention any sensitivity during your appointment.
Call (08) 8212 6335 today to book an appointment at our Adelaide dental clinic if you suffer from sensitive teeth.