Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Does Brushing Or Flossing Make You Wince Occasionally

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Do you dread brushing your teeth due to it being painful? Is so, you may have sensitive teeth. Are you wondering why you may have sensitive teeth? Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root

Sensitive Teeth Can Be Treated

The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones may suggest one of a variety of treatments.

  1. Desensitizing toothpaste- This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, this usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
  2. Fluoride Gel– An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
  3. A crown, inlay or bonding– These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
  4. Surgical gum graft- If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  5. Root Canal– If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.

Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist at Hendersonville Family Dentistry if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

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