Tooth sensitivity can be a debilitating problem for many patients. When patients come to our office with tooth sensitivity pain – we start by asking them a lot of questions, and conducting an exam to find the cause. Usually it’s something simple, such as a broken tooth or a love of drinking lemon water which has slowly eroded the tooth enamel, leaving the tooth’s pores exposed. Whatever the reason, there are several things we can do to help.
1. Root Canal – For some causes of tooth sensitivity, a root canal will solve both the underlying problem and the sensitivity itself. In these cases, an infection has gotten into the tooth and must be cleaned out. When the tooth has been cleaned of the infection it will be filled, covering the portion of the (inside of) tooth that was exposed. After this, the sensitivity will go away.
2. Fluoride – The purpose of fluoride is to help strengthen teeth. Teeth are weakened when there is damage, or wearing of the outermost layer, the enamel. In some cases, we can address sensitivity with fluoride treatments in the office, or with a fluoride rinse at home.
3. Repairs – Cracked, chipped and broken teeth can be very sensitive. Depending on the extent of the damage we can repair the tooth with a bonding, or a crown.
4. Fill the cavity – Cavities are often the cause of sensitivity in teeth. Cavities are easily filled when necessary and sensitivity usually goes away quickly after the procedure.
If you’re not able to get make an appointment right away, you can avoid some tooth sensitivity by avoiding hot and cold foods and drinks. Additionally, regular, gentle brushing and rinsing with a fluoride rinse will help, and schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing sensitivity, please consult with the dentist or hygienist at your next appointment. You do not need to suffer when solutions are available. Give us a call today for an appointment!