Tooth Desensitization: What Options Are Available?

December 11, 2020/ Dr. Neal/ 0


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.