Tooth Sensitivity- Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Procedure
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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

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Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental problems that we deal with at Vita Dental Spring. It occurs when a person experiences pain or discomfort when they encounter specific temperatures or substances. In the US, an estimated 40 million adults suffer from tooth sensitivity.

The pain is usually sudden and sharp, but it does not last long. However, teeth sensitivity is curable. If you suspect that you have tooth sensitivity, visit us at Vita Dental Spring so that we can get to the root of your problem and manage it.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

There is no at-risk group for this problem. Anyone can experience it. In healthy teeth, the enamel will protect the underlying dentine layer, which is soft. The roots remain protected by your gums. However, if the enamel wears away and the gums recede, it could expose the dentine and roots.

The dentin comprises thousands of tubules that lead to the tooth pulp, or the tooth’s nerve. When exposed to the elements, the tubules allow heat, cold, or acidity to get to the nerve.

The common causes of tooth sensitivity are:

Using a hard-bristled brush or brushing your teeth too hard. Aggressive tooth brushing will wear down the enamel and expose the dentine to the elements. It could also cause gum recession.

Gum recession, which is usually caused by periodontal disease. It will often expose the dentin.

Gingivitis, the inflammation of gums might result in the exposure of the tooth’s roots.

A cracked tooth, which can become filled with bacteria that cause inflammation in the tooth’s pulp

Teeth Grinding Will Wear Down the Enamel

The long-term use of strong mouthwash; some of the OTC mouthwash products contain acids. If the dentin is exposed, the acids can worsen any tooth sensitivity. Besides that, it can damage the dentin layers. We at Vita Dental Spring encourage you to use neutral fluoride mouthwashes if you have tooth sensitivity.

Dental procedures will also cause sensitivity especially after a professional cleaning, root planning, and crown replacement. The pain will usually go away in four to six weeks.

Tooth Sensitivity after Filling

Some people will usually experience tooth sensitivity after they get a tooth filling. The tooth decay that caused the cavity will irritate the tooth, and the filling can exacerbate the situation. However, in just a few weeks, the tooth sensitivity should have gone away after you get a filling at Vita Dental Spring. Besides that, we will also give you medication to deal with the situation.

It could even last a few months. However, as long as the sensitivity shows improvement, it should not worry you. If it does not improve with time, there might be a need to conduct a root canal. In some cases, you may experience sensitivity when you bite down after a filling; this can be solved by adjusting bite or by lowering the filling.

Tooth Sensitivity after Teeth Whitening

One can do teeth whitening at home or the dentist’s chair. These teeth whitening products contain harsh chemicals that can remove the enamel and cause sensitivity. However, we at Vita Dental Spring have various options that can help to reduce sensitivity during and after the procedure. For instance, a recent study found that applying a desensitizing gel to the teeth; it could help to reduce sensitivity afterward.

Sensitive Teeth Treatment

Sensitive teeth never go away entirely, but the symptoms could be less. If you do not treat the signs satisfactorily, there will always be some sensitivity. There are various types of treatments offered at multiple dental offices. However, any treatment must first diagnose the cause.

If a dentist were to treat the sensitivity without getting to the cause of the issue, the problem would only get worse with time.

Some common treatment options are:

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste

Various brands of sensitive teeth toothpaste are available at most drug stores. The best family dentist will recommend one, or you could try multiple brands until you find that works for you. Ensure that any toothpaste you pick has fluoride in it. Before bed, spread a bit of the desensitizing toothpaste to the root of the tooth before bed.

  • Purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Avoid foods with high acidity
  • Use a neutral fluoride mouthwash daily
  • Avoiding clenching teeth and consider buying a mouth guard

Dental Procedures to Deal with Tooth Sensitivity

Bonding, crowns, or inlays – they fix a tooth flaw or decay that might be causing the tooth sensitivity

Fluoride vanishes or gel

A surgical gum graft – to help protect the exposed root and to reduce the sensitivity when the gum has eroded from the root

A root canal – this is the last resort when all others have failed. It is the only alternative when the tooth sensitivity becomes unbearable.

If the root surface is exposed, one of the best solutions to deal with it is to use a dental sealant.