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How Dentists Treat Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom associated with several different conditions. It can occur in one or multiple teeth and can be temporary or ongoing. Thankfully, tooth sensitivity is treatable.

This is why if you have sensitive teeth, you should mention it to your dentist. He or she can help you find the right tooth sensitivity treatment and provide you with relief.


Symptoms of tooth sensitivity

Sensitive teeth are characterized by feelings of pain or discomfort in response to certain triggers. Usually, sensitivity is associated with exposure to extreme temperatures, such as cold air, or hot or cold food and drink. Many people also report discomfort upon consuming anything that’s particularly sweet or acidic. You may also find flossing and brushing is painful.


Why are my teeth sensitive?

In most cases, sensitive teeth are caused by thinning tooth enamel (which exposes the sensitive dentin layer) or receding gums (which exposes the root).


The most frequent culprits behind thinning enamel are tooth grinding, brushing your teeth too hard and/or with a hard toothbrush, and consuming acidic food and drink. Additionally, certain health conditions (such as acid reflux and bulimia) can thin the enamel and cause sensitivity. Tooth decay and injury can also cause sensitivity if it is close to the nerve and this should be dealt with promptly to avoid complications. Finally, gum disease can cause your gums to recede, often made worse if you smoke.


How to fix sensitive teeth

If you’ve begun to experience tooth sensitivity, you can try out safe home remedies such as:

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Switching to a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth
  • Cutting back on acidic food and drink
  • Making an effort to stop clenching your teeth


If tooth sensitivity persists

Keep in mind that if the sensitivity is persistent, you should make an appointment with your dentist who will determine the source of the problem and recommend the appropriate course of treatment. The dental treatment prescribed will depend on the cause of your sensitivity. Some examples are:

  • Fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel
  • Sealants to alleviate discomfort
  • Crowns, bonding or fillings for injury or decay
  • Professional deep cleaning to stop gum disease
  • An appliance to stop or manage tooth grinding or clenching
  • Gum grafts for receding gums
  • A root canal in cases where the tooth is abscessed



Visit our dental clinic in Red Deer

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, or have other concerns about your oral health, our team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre is here to help. Contact us today to find out more about our services or to book an appointment.