Having tooth sensitivity is no fun, and if you have it, you already know this. Your best defense against this is taking excellent care of your teeth and gums every day with a solid oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss without fail, and keep all scheduled six months cleanings with your dentist.
It all starts with healthy tooth enamel and gums. Tooth enamel is your first defense, as it protects the dentin layer underneath. If little holes in the tooth enamel develop, it will expose the dentin. This layer houses microscopic tubules that allow sensations of heat, cold, acidic and sticky foods to access tooth nerves and cells.
To treat your tooth sensitivity, you can take the following measures:
- You can brush daily with desensitizing toothpaste. This will help to block pain.
- Ask your dentist about using a fluoride gel. This will not only protect tooth enamel, but it will lower pain sensitivity.
- Having a dental restoration such as bonding, inlay or crown can repair the area causing sensitivity and get rid of the pain.
- Having a gum graft to fix lost gum tissue can give your tooth root the protection it needs to lower sensitivity.
- Having a root canal to eliminate tooth sensitivity altogether is another option, although it is generally the last choice.
If you are looking for help with tooth sensitivity please call to schedule a visit with our dentists, Dr. Bruce Murdock and Dr. Bryce Searlein American Fork, Utah. Our Murdock & Searle Family Dentistry team is ready to help. Just call 801-770-1222 today!