What causes tooth sensitivity?

What causes tooth sensitivity?

The discomfort from tooth sensitivity can range from a mild sensation to an intense zinging. But there are solutions your general dentist can offer to put an end to tooth sensitivity.

These solutions vary based on what is causing your sensitivity. You might be able to just switch to a toothpaste geared toward desensitizing those nerve endings. When the tubules located just beneath the surface of the tooth allow temperature or certain types of foods to reach the dental nerve, discomfort can be immediate. Brushing or rinsing with products designed to close those tubes could put an end to sensitivity in a matter of days.

Using a hard bristle toothbrush or brushing with excessive force can lead to worn dental enamel and/or gum recession. With either of these conditions, the likelihood of exposed nerve endings increases. Changing to a soft bristle toothbrush is a good start. Using an electronic toothbrush also provides the correct amount of pressure, for you merely guide the toothbrush to reach all areas of the mouth. Another advantage to using an electronic toothbrush is that most have a built-in timer that signals when you have brushed the recommended two minutes.

Where gum tissue has receded, your general dentist can use a tooth colored resin to cover the exposed part of the tooth that leads to sensitivity. In addition to blocking off this nerve center, this also provides a cosmetic benefit making teeth appear whole and symmetric.

In situations where the dental decay is near the gum line or when a cavity is fairly large, the nerve is exposed until it is treated. It is very important to correct this problem as soon as possible because if bacteria permeate the dentin to the root, the result can mean infection. If this happens, the only solution to save the tooth is a root canal.

Patients that grind their teeth often experience worn dental enamel or broken teeth due to pressure often exerted subconsciously during periods of sleep. A night guard will prevent further damage from teeth grinding.

Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste twice every day, flossing daily and visiting your dental provider twice yearly are the basics needed to manage your oral health. But even these precautions may not prevent the occasional bout with tooth sensitivity. A quick response from your general dentist is usually the correct course of action for relief.

To get more tips about keeping your pearly whites clean and healthy, call our team today at Richardson Dentistry!

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