When you have sensitive teeth, you may feel a sharp, temporary pain in your teeth when brushing, eating, or drinking. In most cases, sensitive teeth are the result of worn-down tooth enamel or exposed roots. Tooth discomfort, however, can also be caused by other factors, including cavities, cracked or chipped teeth, worn fillings, or gum disease.
If you experience sensitivity in your teeth, you may need to visit your dentist and, in some cases, an endodontist. A dentist our Louisville, KY endodontist can identify and eliminate any underlying causes of tooth pain. Depending on the circumstances, they may suggest the following:
- Using desensitizing toothpaste: In some cases, desensitizing toothpaste can help block pain associated with sensitive teeth after several applications. There are several products available over-the-counter. Consult your dentist to determine the best product for your needs.
- Fluoride treatments: You might have fluoride applied to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain. You might also be recommended to use prescription fluoride at home, applied with a custom tray.
- Bonding or desensitizing: Occasionally, exposed root surfaces may be treated with bonding resin. The procedure may require a local anesthetic.
- Gum graft surgery: taking gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attaching it to the affected area is possible if your tooth root has lost gum tissue. It can protect exposed roots and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal treatment: Your dentist may recommend a root canal if your tooth pain is severe and other treatments are ineffective. A root canal treats problems in the tooth’s softcore (dental pulp). Root canal treatments are usually performed by endodontists. Despite it seeming like a major procedure, it’s considered the most effective way of removing tooth sensitivity.
Sensitive teeth, or dentin hypersensitivity, can arise for various reasons. Increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures may be the only sign that a tooth needs a root canal. While some people experience only minor discomfort when biting into a hot pizza or drinking iced tea, others experience severe pain. An endodontist can determine the source of your pain and whether you require a root canal.
Today’s root canals are virtually painless. An endodontist ensures patient comfort and minimizes healing times by utilizing the latest techniques and a caring chairside manner. Because they are specialists, there is significantly less anxiety for the patient.
For an appointment, please call our Louisville, KY endodontics office if you are experiencing sensitivity and would like to schedule a consultation.