Sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks – who doesn’t love a nice, hot cup of coffee on a chilly morning or a bowl of refreshing ice cream on a hot summer’s night? You may think you just have to live with sensitive teeth, but your dentist may be able to help you find some relief.
What causes sensitive teeth?
There could be a few different reasons why your teeth are sensitive. You may have cavities or exposed tooth roots. You may constantly grind your teeth, which can damage teeth in many different ways and make them sensitive. Your tooth enamel may be worn down, or you might have gum disease.
What can help sensitive teeth?
The treatment for sensitive teeth, of course, depends on why they are sensitive in the first place. The problem usually doesn’t go away on its own and it may actually get worse – that’s why you should see your dentist for help. He or she might recommend:
• A gum grafting procedure, if your problem is receding gums and exposed tooth roots. In this procedure, tissue is taken from the upper palate of the mouth and then grafted over the place of recession. A bonding resin might also work to cover up roots that are exposed.
• A night guard, if you grind your teeth at night and it is making your teeth sensitive. This is a piece of plastic that fits over your teeth at night to prevent your upper and lower teeth from touching each other.
• A fluoride treatment, which will help to strengthen teeth and make them more healthy.
Make sure that you don’t give up good dental habits, even if your teeth are sensitive. Don’t forget to floss, brush teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and try a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth can be very painful, and they can keep you from enjoying the foods you love – but they can also indicate that you have other serious problems. If you need help for tooth pain and sensitivity, call Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center. Call (610) 272-6949 for an appointment today!