How To Combat Sensitive Teeth
January 18th, 2021
If tooth sensitivity has you wincing at the thought of biting into your favorite ice cream, you’ve come to the right place. Your trusted team at Avalon Dental Care will determine the underlying causes of your condition and help alleviate your discomfort. You can always count on us for outstanding care!
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity typically occurs when the layer under the tooth enamel called the dentin becomes exposed due to cavities, worn or chipped teeth, gum recession, or damaged restorations. Vigorous brushing with a hard-bristled brush, teeth grinding, or the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages can also exacerbate tooth sensitivity, as can some medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and bulimia.
Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity
Symptoms of tooth sensitivity include discomfort or pain in response to triggers, such as hot or cold temperatures, sweet or acidic foods or drinks, or brushing and flossing. Once the trigger is removed, the symptoms typically subside. Tooth sensitivity ranges from mild to intense and may come and go for no apparent reason.
Combatting Tooth Sensitivity
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, contact Avalon Dental Care for an appointment. We will evaluate your oral health and check for potential problems, including cavities, damaged fillings, tooth wear, or recessed gums. Repairing any damage using restorations such as dental fillings or crowns often alleviates tooth sensitivity. If silver amalgam fillings are the cause of your symptoms, we may recommend replacing them with composite resin fillings to provide the needed relief.
Our team may recommend applying bonding resin to sensitive root surfaces to desensitize your teeth. In the case of gum tissue loss, a gum graft can help alleviate the symptoms. If you habitually grind or clench their teeth, a condition known as bruxism, we may recommend a custom mouthguard. If you continue to experience discomfort and treatments don’t help, root canal therapy may be your best option. In fact, this procedure is considered the most effective treatment to eliminate tooth sensitivity.
We recommend maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing, to continue enjoying healthy smiles and manage your tooth sensitivity.
Quality Dental Care Near Me
Visit Avalon Dental Care in the El Segundo and Lomita areas to learn more about combatting tooth sensitivity. Our team will work with you to alleviate your discomfort and restore your healthy smile. Call us and schedule your appointment today!