Teeth sensitivity is a tingly feeling or a flash pinch of pain affecting either all teeth or one or more teeth. The pain associated with tooth sensitivity may occur constantly or intermittently. Intermittent tooth sensitivity can occur while ingesting hot or cold food or beverages, or when cold air hits the teeth.
- Desensitizing toothpaste – There are several brands of toothpaste for sensitive teeth available. Your dentist may recommend one or you may have to try different brands until you find the product that works for you. Be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste for sensitive teeth, not whitening toothpaste. Try spreading a thin layer of the desensitizing toothpaste on the exposed tooth roots before bed.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Avoid highly acidic foods
- Use a fluoridated mouthwash
- Avoid teeth grinding
The Dental Visit
It is always best to see a dentist about sensitive teeth to determine the true nature of the sensitivity. During the consultation, your general dentist will ask you questions about the nature of sensitivity. Xrays and tests may be performed
Once it is determined that the cause does not require dental restorative treatment, your general dentist may apply an in-office desensitizer, which acts as protective coating designed to thwart any hypersensitivity.
The following are some dental procedures that may reduce tooth sensitivity:
- Bonding, dental crowns or inlays – These may fix a tooth flaw or decay that is causing sensitivity.
- Fluoride gel or varnish
- Surgical gum graft – This will protect the root and reduce sensitivity if the gum tissue has eroded from the root.
- Root canal Treatment – This is a last-resort treatment for severe tooth sensitivity that has not been helped by other methods.
So if you’ve been suffering with painful sensitivity that keeps you from eating the foods you love, make an appointment with your general dentist.