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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment

Tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity causes discomfort and makes some activities such as drinking, eating and brushing the teeth painful. Sensitivity usually results from having worn out tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots.

In some cases, tooth sensitivity may result from other factors such as gum disease, worn-out filling, cracked or chipped tooth or cavity. If you experience tooth sensitivity and it causes you discomfort, visit your dentist to examine your teeth to determine the underlying cause of your tooth sensitivity.

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Depending on the cause of your tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend the following:

  • Desensitising toothpaste
    Consistently applying desensitising toothpaste may help block pain receptors that cause tooth sensitivity. Different over-the-counter products are available, but you can ask your dentist to recommend a suitable product.
  • Fluoride
    Your dentist may recommend applying fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to make your enamel stronger and reduce the pain resulting from sensitivity. You may also apply fluoride to your teeth using a custom-made tray.
  • Desensitising or bonding
    In some cases, where an exposed tooth root is the cause of tooth sensitivity, the dentist will apply bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces. This treatment may require a local anaesthetic.
  • Surgical gum graft
    If you have receding gums which have exposed your tooth root, your dentist may take gum tissues from another part of your mouth and attach them to the affected area. This protects the exposed tooth roots and alleviates the sensitivity.
  • Root canal
    If other treatments are not effective for relieving your teeth sensitivity pain, your dentist might carry out a root canal. A root canal treats infected dental pulp, the soft core of a tooth. Although this treatment is more extensive, it is more effective in treating tooth sensitivity.

If you want to prevent recurring teeth sensitivity, ensure you have a good oral hygiene routine involving brushing your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

While brushing your teeth, use gentle strokes and do not brush your teeth aggressively or use an abrasive toothpaste that can wear off your enamel.

If you grind your teeth at night, inform your dentist to get a mouth guard to protect the teeth from a fracture which may cause sensitivity.

Reducing your intake of acidic drinks and food such as citrus fruits, wine, or carbonated drinks will also help preserve your tooth enamel. While taking acidic drinks, ensure you use a straw to limit their contact with your teeth and drink water afterwards to reduce acidity in your mouth.

For severe tooth sensitivity treatment, visit Smile Clinic London or call 020 7139 8611 to schedule an appointment with our dental professional.

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