Put an End to Sensitive Teeth

Put an End to Sensitive Teeth

March 10, 2020 12:24 pm Published by

Ever experienced that tingly feeling – almost like a mini-electric shock – in your teeth while eating ice-cream? If your answer is ‘yes,’ you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. A common dental problem, sensitive teeth are characterized by sharp, sudden, yet temporary pain when your teeth come into contact with certain substances and temperatures. Read on to learn about the causes and treatment options of tooth sensitivity from Drs Nicolas & Asp dental gurus.

  • Why are you experiencing tooth sensitivity?

In healthy teeth, the tooth enamel protects an underlying, softer layer called dentin. The roots of the teeth are protected by the gums. If the enamel starts wearing down or the gum line recedes, the dentin becomes exposed which leads to suffering from sensitive teeth. Cavities, cracked teeth and root erosion also cause the dentin to become exposed.

Dentin contains thousands of microscopic tubules which act like channels leading to the tooth pulp. Those dentinal tubules allow heat, cold, acidic or sticky substances to reach the tooth nerves – which causes this sharp pain.

Some factors that may lead to the enamel wearing out or gum receding are as follows:

  • Hard brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gingivitis and gingival recession
  • Cracked teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Plaque build-up
  • Acidic foods

Some dental procedures such as professional cleaning, root planning and crown replacement. The pain resulting from dental procedures is temporary and goes away within four to six weeks.

  • What are the treatment options?

Treatment for tooth sensitivity is best decided based on the cause. If you try to control sensitivity alone without treating the underlying cause, it is only likely to continue and get worse.

Depending on the cause, dental experts at Drs Nicolas & Asp centres may recommend the following:

  • Fillings, crowns or inlays if a tooth flaw or decay is what is causing the sensitivity
  • Using Dentin desensitising agent varnish applied by professional dentists
  • Undergoing a surgical gum graft to protect the root if the gum tissue has eroded where the root is.

There are some tips you can also apply at home to help speed up the treatment process and to stop your symptoms from getting worse:

  • Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth
  • Using a soft-bristled tooth brush
  • Avoiding foods with high acidic content
  • Using a fluoridated mouthwash daily
  • Avoiding teeth grinding. Consult your dentist at Drs Nicolas & Asp centres if you have a persistent habit to grind your teeth whether during sleep or while awake and receive a recommendation of whether you need to use a mouth guard

Tooth sensitivity is a problem that affects most people at some point in their lives and can be caused by short-term or long-term causes. The correct tooth sensitivity treatment is directly related to the underlying cause. Treating the cause will provide the best possible results as well as sustainable relief. Make sure to make an appointment with the best dentist in Dubai at one of our Drs Nicolas & Asp centres to receive a personalized recommendation based on the cause of your tooth sensitivity at Drs Nicolas & Asp centres.

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