Regular visits to your dentist can help you manage your tooth sensitivity. During your check-up, your dentist will document any changes in your mouth and address any dental concerns you may have.
Cavities: Cavities happen when tooth decay breaks through the enamel and goes into the dentin layer (a layer of tissue that protects the tooth root) of the tooth. Removing the tooth decay and getting a filling will cover the exposed dentin, strengthening the tooth, and settling any pain and discomfort from sensitivity.
Abfractions: Abfractions are notches in your teeth where tooth structure is lost due to aggressive brushing, a very acidic diet, or clenching or grinding your teeth. Placing some bonding in these areas will protect the exposed dentin, strengthening the tooth and reducing tooth sensitivity.
Root canals: Problems with tooth sensitivity often occur when the nerve of a tooth root has been damaged. You often experience sensitivity to hot temperatures, foods, or drinks. The process for fixing tooth root problems can range from a simple straightforward procedure to a more complicated one. Speak with your dentist about treatment options before symptoms of sensitivity and pain worsen.
Clenching and grinding: The force you exert on your teeth when clenching and grinding causes wear and tear on teeth and removes enamel causing dentin to become exposed. A night mouth guard can be custom made for you to wear while you sleep to protect your teeth.
There are many options to relieve pain and discomfort from tooth sensitivity. Consider what's available to you and speak with your dentist today.
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