Approximately 45 million adults in the United States suffer at some time from sensitive teeth. One of the most common complaints among dental patients, sensitive teeth often cause a sudden, sharp pain, or mild tingling sensation. The pain is often of short duration and can move around to different locations in the mouth. Patients suffering from dental sensitivity cannot usually pinpoint the exact location of the pain, but point to a broader area in the mouth.
Our daily lifestyle behaviors and oral care habits pose a number of challenges that may contribute to increased dentin hypersensitivity, or tooth sensitivity. The primary approach at Gold Coast Smiles towards the treatment of tooth sensitivity is to promote a greater awareness and knowledge of the risk factors involved so that we may more effectively manage teeth hypersensitivity through conservative preventive measures.
Causes of Hypersensitivity
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
We treat sensitive teeth using a variety of conservative methods. Depending on the cause, we custom tailor your approach to eliminating the discomfort. If the sensitivity is minor in nature, we may first simply suggest trying a desensitizing toothpaste such Sensodyne. These toothpastes contain compounds that help block the dentin tubules and prevent sensation traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve. Desensitizing toothpastes usually require several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
if the desensitizing toothpastes does not ease your discomfort, we may advice a fluoride gel application to be applied to the teeth in question. The fluoride will help remineralize, or re-harden, the enamel and create a better seal over the dentin in areas where the enamel may have started to erode or decalcify.
When these measures do not correct the problem, or if we identify a particular area of concern such as teeth with significant gum recession or portions of the enamel missing due to chipping and wear, we may recommend other restorative treatments in nature. In the case of gum recession, we can simply apply a layer of tooth colored bonding to the exposed root structure and seal it off. This process is simple, noninvasive, does not involve any drilling of teeth and has a high rate of success in relieving the pain. If the tooth in question exhibits a flaw in the enamel or evidence of decay, we will then recommend placing a conservative tooth colored filling to correct the damage and stop any disease process that may be present. In both instances, the above treatments also have the added benefit of cosmetically enhancing the appearance of the teeth while correcting the defect responsible for your symptoms.