Tooth sensitivity – that sometimes-searing pain that occurs when you take a bite or sip a drink – can negatively impact day-to-day living. You may avoid certain hot, cold, sweet, or acidic substances because you know they’re going to hurt! If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, come see Dr. Luigi Massa and our team at Premier Dental Center in Boerne TX.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Over time, tooth enamel can get thinner, making the tubules that run from the enamel to the nerve of the tooth susceptible to stimulation. Receding gums can also contribute to tooth sensitivity by exposing the sensitive tooth root. Tooth enamel and gum tissue protect the inner chambers of the tooth from exposure to foods and beverages. When this protection is gone, pain can occur.
Gum disease, teeth grinding, and a tooth chip or fracture can also cause sensitivity.
What can I do to stop the discomfort?
Things you can do at home include:
- Switch to a softer-bristled toothbrush
- Don’t be an “aggressive” brusher; brush gently
- Use toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth
- Cut back on acidic foods and beverages
- Avoid overusing mouthwash
Dr. Massa may also recommend in-office treatments, including fluoride varnish application or dental bonding to seal exposed surfaces. If your tooth sensitivity is caused by gum disease, Dr. Massa will assess the condition and recommend appropriate treatment to alleviate discomfort. Sensitivity that’s made worse by teeth grinding can be treated with non-invasive therapy in the form of a nightguard that eliminates destructing grinding and clenching. Tooth fractures and chips can be resolved with restorative treatments such as all-white fillings or porcelain crowns.
Get Your Smile Back on Track
Don’t continue to suffer with sensitive teeth. Call Premier Dental Center today to schedule an appointment with Boerne TX dentist Dr. Massa.