How You Know If You Have Sensitive Teeth
Are foods with extremely hot or cold temperatures painful for you to eat or put in your mouth? If you answered “yes” to this question there is a chance you might have sensitive teeth. Patients with sensitive teeth tend to notice the occasional pain while brushing and flossing. This is issue is often brought to light in the dentist chair.
Here are some things that could be causing sensitive teeth:
- A broken tooth or teeth
- Fillings that have been worn down or broken
- A tooth root that has been exposed
- Gum Disease
Healthy teeth require a layer of enamel to protect the crown of your teeth (the crown is the part that sits above the gum line). Below the gum line is a layer called the Cementum, this protects your roots. Beneath those layers is another layer called Dentin, which is filled with many small and hollow tubes. When the Dentin is exposed to hot and cold foods like coffee and ice cream can affect the root causing you pain.
There are several ways to treat sensitive teeth:
- Desensitizing toothpaste. The product will dull the sensitivity of the nerve.
- Fluoride gel. Fluoride Gel is applied in office and helps to strengthen tooth enamel.
- A crown, inlay or bonding. These can be used to correct flaws with the teeth.
- Surgical gum graft. An extreme measure but this can help replace lost gum tissue.
- Root canal. Your dentist may recommend this option if nothing else seems to be working.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene practices are some of the easiest and best ways to prevent sensitivity in your teeth. Preventing the enamel from ever decaying or the gums from receding is the best defense against allowing roots to be exposed. If you have any questions about how you can improve your dental hygiene just ask our dentist in Edmond.