Having Sensitive Teeth Makes Eating, Drinking, and Dental Hygiene Difficult
Gresham patients who suffer from sensitive teeth will know well just how much it affects their daily lives. Not only does it make consuming certain foods and drinks difficult, but it can make brushing and flossing difficult as well. If you experience discomfort like this, you may have sensitive teeth.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be the result of a number of things, including:
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Gum disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth root
When your teeth are healthy, a layer of enamel protects the part of your tooth above the gum line while your root of your tooth is protected by a layer called cementum. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. It is when this layer is exposed that Gresham patients experience sensitive teeth. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic hollow tubes or canals. When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum, these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.
How Can You Treat for Sensitive Teeth?
Gresham patients who suffer from sensitive teeth can adjust tooth care at home and seek professional help for their sensitive teeth. Gresham patients should discuss issues with sensitive teeth with their dentist and follow prescribed care. Your dentist may recommend the following:
This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
This is a technique used in-office which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
Crown, Inlay, Or Bonding
Crowns, inlays, and bonding are procedures may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
Surgical Gum Graft
If gum tissue has been lost from the root, you may need oral surgery for a surgical gum graft to protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend a root canal to eliminate the problem.
Gresham Patients Can Seek Help for Sensitive Teeth at McKeel Family Dentistry
Making regular visits to your dentist is the key to maintaining good oral health. McKeel Family Dentistry offers a wide range of dental services for the entire family and can help with sensitive teeth issues. We provide quality dental implants, exams and cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and much more. To learn more about our services or to schedule an exam, contact us or call us at (503) 665-8888.