Tooth Desensitization: What Options Are Available?

Do you feel any sharp pain each time you sip hot coffee or eat ice cream? If yes, you might have dentine hypersensitivity. You can be a candidate for tooth desensitization therapy once this happens.

How do you get sensitive teeth?

You can get sensitive teeth when your tooth enamel wears out or if your tooth roots get exposed. Other factors such as gum disease, chipped tooth, or fillings also cause tooth sensitivity.

Your teeth can be sensitive to temperature, pressure, or cold air. Sweet foods can even trigger tooth sensitivity, and the same goes for hot or cold foods.

Tooth desensitization options

Your dentist will inform you of the tooth desensitization options available. The most effective procedure to address your hypersensitivity concerns will depend on the condition of your teeth’s sensitive areas.

If the initial recommendations or procedures would not work for you, multiple options are still available. The following choices can work for you to reduce sensitivity: 

Fluoride gel

Your dentist will apply a fluoride gel to your teeth to strengthen your tooth enamel. They may also prescribe a desensitizing agent such as fluoride, which you can apply at home using a custom tray.

Desensitizing toothpaste

You can use over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste, as long as it is your dentist’s recommendation. It will take several applications before you can notice desirable results.

Mouthguard

Using a mouthguard may not directly address your hypersensitivity problem, but it can reduce teeth grinding discomfort. It can be an ideal option if you are prone to teeth grinding or also known as bruxism.

Gum graft surgery 

Lost gum tissue from the tooth root can cause hypersensitivity. To replace it, your dentist takes a small amount of healthy tissue from your gums or palate. The new tissue protects exposed tooth roots.

Bonding

Your dentist will apply bonding resin to the sensitive areas of your tooth roots. Exposed root surfaces usually are hypersensitive, and you might need a local anesthetic during the procedure.

Filling

Dental fillings act as a replacement for the decayed part of the tooth that your dentist will remove. They are useful in repairing broken or worn-down teeth.

Root canal therapy

Some hypersensitivity issues require a more complicated procedure. If the initial treatments don’t work, your dentist can recommend you to undergo a root canal procedure. Root canal works by removing the damaged pulp from your teeth. The dental pulp is the soft tissue found at the center of each tooth. 

After reaping the benefits from a tooth desensitization procedure, observe proper oral hygiene. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and avoid your intake of acidic foods and drinks. Consult your Newmarket dentist to know more about preventing tooth sensitivity.

Foods To Avoid After Undergoing Root Canal Therapy

It will take a week or so before you fully heal after undergoing root canal therapy. As you spend your time in recovery, you only have limited food choices to eat. Knowing what foods to avoid after a complicated dental surgery can reduce the time you have to heal.  

Undergoing root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is a complicated process, making it the last resort for saving your permanent tooth. Your dentist may do the procedure along with a tooth bridge. A root canal involves cleaning the damaged tooth, removing any abscess, and reshaping the root canal. To complete the process, your oral surgeon places a crown on top. 

After the removal of your tooth abscess, your tooth root and nerves are affected. The dental treatment didn’t just affect your tooth enamel. It is why you should observe utmost care when chewing foods. Chewy or hard-to-bite foods can place too much pressure on your new crown.

Foods you should not eat after your dental surgery

Be mindful of what you eat as you recover.  Avoid the following foods as part of your root canal post-treatment:

Crunchy food

Ditch snacking on chips, crackers, and nuts as you’re waiting for your teeth to recover fully. Avoid eating fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots and even corn on the cob. Munch on mangoes, peaches, bananas, and papayas.

Chewy food

Chewy candy can get under your new crown or pull out the filling, and the same goes for gum. Chewing on candy and gum places pressure on your teeth, and it can cause you discomfort. Some pasta types are chewy, but you can still eat noodles or thin pasta like angel’s hair.

Bread

Most types of bread tend to develop a texture similar to gum, especially when they dissolve in your mouth. If you’d like to binge on carbs, you can eat mashed potato. Pudding, rice pudding and pancakes are other great food choices.

Meat

Meat can be too tough to chew at this rate. Instead of eating meat, include salmon and tofu in your diet. Salmon and tofu are soft and chewy. They are also high in protein content, making them great meat alternatives.

Spicy food

After any root canal treatment or tooth extraction, your tooth roots and nerves are more sensitive than ever. It is best to avoid spicy foods in the meantime. Curb your spicy food craving and look for other flavours you can enjoy, such as applesauce, cheese, and hummus.

Hot food

Eating hot food makes you prone to hypersensitivity after a root canal or extraction. Soups and broths are ideal, but they can induce swelling once eaten fresh from the stove. Eat cold food like eat ice cream instead, minus the nuts and other toppings with a hard texture.

Heed the advice of your endodontist to avoid getting tooth infection after your root canal therapy. Discuss with your Newmarket dentist what foods you are allowed to eat after your treatment.

 

Choosing Between A Dental Cap And A Veneer

Dental cap and veneer are two options that you can choose in Newmarket to repair teeth and improve appearances. It is important to know the differences between the two to ensure you make the right choice about what would be best for you.

 

Type of Damage

Dental caps repairs significant damage, including severe decay, cracks caused by fillings, worn-down teeth due to grinding, and even aging. They are also common after a root canal.

Veneers on the other hand are a better option for teeth with minor damage, such as discolouration, cracks in the enamel, and visible cavities. They are also suitable for short or otherwise unattractive teeth and small gaps between teeth.

 

Material

Veneers are always made from porcelain in a shade that matches the rest of your teeth. Caps, however, can be made from a variety of materials. For front teeth, they are made from porcelain, but for back teeth they can be made from gold (for extra strength) or porcelain fused to metal (for a combination of strength and a realistic appearance).

 

Durability

On average, a dental cap lasts between five and 15 years, but it can even have a longer lifespan. This depends on the factors like the material of the cap, where the cap is in your mouth, and how good is your oral care. Veneers lasts around 10 years. Although neither are prone to damage, a veneer can chip if you grind your teeth.

 

Procedure

Whether you choose a dental cap or a veneer, you will most likely need to visit your dentist twice. At the first appointment, the dentist will remove some of the tooth to prepare it for treatment. He or she will then take an impression and provide you with a temporary restoration. On the second visit, you will receive your permanent cap or veneer.

Dental Insurance Benefits

Dental insurance can be a great aid to helping pay for you and your family’s dental needs. Unfortunately, many people with dental insurance never take advantage of it. The way it works is that your company/employer decides upon a plan that pays for all of or a percentage of treatment. There are basic treatments such as cleanings, fillings and root canals that are often covered completely or at a high percentage. There are other treatments that may be more complex, such as crowns or bridges, which may be covered at a different percentage.

Your plan may have a yearly maximum. If you do not use your yearly allowance, it does NOT carry over to the next year. If you have not been to the dentist in a while, now is the perfect time to come as you can take advantage of this full year’s worth of insurance before the end of December and in January you get another full year of insurance to use. This is especially helpful if there is a lot of work to be done. Remember having no pain does not always mean there are no problems!

We encourage you to call us at 905-853-3728 today to schedule your appointment so you can maximize your insurance benefits.