Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

How regular dental check-ups can help prevent sensitivity

There is no escaping it, at some time or another we all experience some level of sensitivity with our teeth. For some, the sensitivity being of a regular occurrence and causing a real pain!

So what can you do to prevent sensitivity from occurring or at least calm the sensitivity should it happen?

What causes sensitivity in teeth?

Your teeth can become sensitive due to a number of reasons, including:

  • Worn teeth – grinding can cause the enamel to be worn away exposing the soft part of the tooth, the dentine.  Dentine is more yellow in appearance compared to enamel. You may even notice this around the necks of the teeth, along the gum line.  When the gums recede, it exposes the roots of the teeth which are not protected by enamel like the crown of the tooth.
  • Dental decay – can cause pain as well as sensitivity.
  • Cracked teeth – depending on the extent of the crack, some are symptomless and some can be very sensitive.
  • Gum Disease – if left untreated the gums start to move away from the teeth, again exposing the roots.  Combined with the discomfort Gum Disease causes and the sensitivity of the exposed roots, this can end up being very painful!

The easiest way to deal with sensitivity is to prevent it from happening in the first place and this starts with regular dental appointments and optimum oral hygiene.  Visiting the dentist every 6 months gives the dentist the opportunity to spot any potential problems with your teeth and advise or treat as necessary.  Ensuring a good oral hygiene routine at home will help prevent Gum Disease as well as reduce the risk of dental decay.

Possible treatment for sensitive teeth

  1. Sensitive toothpastes can help reduce sensitivity.  Brushing everyday with the toothpaste will help and even applying a small blob over the effected area and leaving overnight can help a great deal too.
  2. Bonding (using a tooth coloured filling material) can help by covering the exposed area.  This is especially good around the necks of the teeth.
  3. If the sensitivity is so severe then root canal treatment may be the only option to completely stop the sensitivity.
  4. Regular hygiene appointments will help too by ensuring any plaque or calculus is removed from your teeth.  If plaque is not removed it turns to calculus which is impossible to remove yourself.  If left it will start to irritate your gums causing gum disease.  The gums then start to peel away from your teeth exposing the roots.  If still not removed the Gum Disease then turns to Periodontal Disease.  Not only will the sensitivity increase hugely but you may also start to loose your teeth.

For advice or to book an appointment give us, Foxhall Dental Practice,  a call today.  We are currently taking new NHS patients.