We have patients coming in and asking us why eating ice cream or a sip of coffee becomes a painful experience. The answer, many times is tooth sensitivity. The sensitivity to hot, cold and touch typically happens when the underlying dentin layer of the tooth is exposed to the oral cavity. There are several ways the dentin can become sensitive:
- Tooth decay or cavities.
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Fillings that are worn
- Gum disease.
- Acid erosion of enamel
- Brushing too hard
- Consuming acidic foods
It is always important when you start feeling sensitivity to come and see us, since the type of treatment will depend on what is causing it. If there is decay, worn fillings or cracks, it may be a sign that the bacteria have reached the nerve and left alone they can cause a painful infection in the pulp. The solution for teeth with decay or holes is usually to place a filling.
When the cause of sensitivity, is an exposed root surface there are several options available to decrease the sensitivity:
- Desensitizing toothpaste, which contains ingredients that seal off the exposed dentin.
- Mouthrinses or gel containing increased concentrations of Fluoride, which strengthen compromised tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay.
- Applying tooth mousse, which can restore tooth dentin after it has been broken down.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, please call today Tooronga Family Dentistry, phone number 98227006, so we can provide you with some much-needed relief.