What Is Tooth Sensitivity
Many people experience a painful condition called tooth sensitivity. For lots of people, tooth sensitivity can cause many problems in their day to day life.
At Sun Dentistry, we have treated many patients who experience sensitive teeth.
Tooth Sensitivity Definition
Tooth sensitivity is also known as Dentin Hypersensitivity. When the inner layer of the tooth (dentin) gets exposed, your teeth or mouth will start to feel painful. The pain can occur suddenly and many people experience a sharp pain when your teeth are exposed to certain environments.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
There are many potential causes of sensitive teeth. Some are more severe than others and most of them can be treated by a dentist.
The outer layer of your tooth is called enamel. Your enamel is a stronger layer than dentin is. When the thick outer layer of enamel breaks down, it exposes the inner dentin layer.
The dentin layer is connected to the nerve that is responsible for tooth sensitivity.
Many things trigger tooth sensitivity and you should avoid them to decrease the pain. As well, the more the dentin layer is exposed, the higher likelihood and increased sensitivity you will have.
Tooth Sensitivity Everyday Causes
The reasons for tooth sensitivity include:
Exposure to air.
Cold. Drinks and food such as slushies and ice cream.
Sweet. Sugar attacks the outer enamel layer of your tooth which exposes the dentin. Eg. Candies.
Acidic. Acidic foods tend to break down the enamel as well. Eg. Lemon, Coffee, etc.
Clenching Teeth. Grinding your teeth at night can expose the inner layer of your teeth.
Brushing Too Hard. Brushing your teeth too hard may get rid of lots of plaque but it can also do the same for your enamel leading to more sensitive teeth.
Teeth Whitening Treatments.
Serious Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can be the first sign that your teeth need treatment. In any of these cases, you need to see a dentist immediately before problems get worst.
These causes include:
Gum Recession. A sign to look out for is gum bleeding.
Often these cases can be fixable under the right care. Our job at Sun Dentistry is to use one of our customized treatment plans to fix your teeth sensitivity. You can visit any of our locations in Burnaby or Richmond Vancouver.
The Best Way To Treat Tooth Sensitivity
The first thing to do if you have tooth sensitivity is to see a dentist. Sun Dentistry dentists will help diagnose the cause of your tooth sensitivity.
If you do experience tooth sensitivity, call us. We will be able to help you out by recommending the right course of action.
A great time to bring up this is during your regular dental cleanings. Let our dental hygienists and dentists know and they will be extra gentle during the exam.
Treatment for Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity treatments differ depending on the cause. Our dentists will help diagnose the problem and recommend the proper treatment for you.
There are at-home treatments and dental procedures that may help with tooth sensitivity.
At-home treatments include:
Soft-bristled toothbrush. Can help reduce the enamel loss during brushing.
Avoid acidic foods, cold and sweet drinks and foods. Tip: If you do have any of these food or drinks, wait 1 hour to allow your enamel to recover before brushing your teeth.
Desensitizing toothpaste. Several brands such as Sensodyne, offer toothpastes that are made for people who have sensitive teeth. More importantly, make sure you use a toothpaste that has fluoride in the ingredients.
Fluoride mouthwash. Avoid acidic mouth wash as that can increase tooth sensitivity.
Dental treatments are effective as well. These include:
Routine dental cleanings
Root canal therapy
Customized mouth guard
Fluoride treatment plan.
All of these treatment options can help with sensitive teeth. Sun Dentistry dentists will work with you to help treat your teeth sensitivity.
Note: After many dental treatments and cleanings you may experience sensitive teeth. This is normal and goes away in 4-6 weeks. Speak to our dentists on the proper recovery steps.
Teeth sensitivity doesn't have to be something you have to live with. Visit our dental clinics in Burnaby or Richmond to have your sensitive teeth treated.