Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by exposed dentin on root areas due to receded gums or periodontal disease. The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the centre. Without the protection of enamel, these tubes can be stimulated by changes in temperature or certain foods.
Have you experienced that electric stinging sensation as you take a sip of iced tea or a bite of a candy bar?
A restoration (or filling) can be placed
The dentist can perform a thorough cleaning of the area
A number of professional and at-home treatments can be used to reduce the sensitivity
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, with low abrasive toothpaste
Brush properly and do not over brush
1. Use a toothpaste specially formulated to soothe nerve endings in the tooth2. Use a high fluoride toothpaste (recommended by your dentist) to strengthen the tooth surface
It can be applied to exposed areas, strengthening the enamel and dentin
Both can be placed into a mouth tray and placed in the mouth for 3-5 minutes, providing teeth with a high dose of strengthening fluoride
The material used to stick tooth coloured restorations to teeth, can be used to seal the dentin surface and provide a barrier against the stimuli that cause sensitivity