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Too Hot or Too Cold?

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.

  • Tooth decay   
  •  Fractured   teeth 
  •  Worn fillings.  
  •  Gum disease
  •  Worn out tooth enamel. 
  •  Exposed tooth root

In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line is a layer called cementum which protects the root of the tooth. Dentin is another layer beneath the cementum.

When minute tubules present in the dentine loses their protective covering of enamel on exposure to hot, cold, acidic, or sticky foods, a sharp tingling sensation arises within the tooth. It is best to address your sensitive teeth in the early stages to prevent severe damage in the long term.

The treatment required for hypersensitivity will depend on various causes:

1. Desensitizing toothpaste – This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced. 

2. Fluoride gel – An in-office technique that strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations in the initial stages.

3. Crown, inlay, or bonding – This may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity

4. Surgical gum graft – If gum tissue has been lost from the root, a gum grafting procedure will protect the root and reduce sensitivity. 

5. Root canal treatment – If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.

THE TOOTH IS THE ONLY PART OF THE BODY THAT CAN’T HEAL BY ITSELF.  Make sure they’re healthy enough to protect themselves in the long term!     

Proper oral hygiene is the key to prevent sensitive-tooth pain. Fix an appointment with us at https://oysterdentalcare.com/make-an-appointment/ if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.