Coffee. Ice cream. Ice tea. Soup. All of these can be very problematic to those with sensitive teeth. If this is you, and you find that you experience dull or shooting pain in your mouth when eating or drinking something hot or cold, you more than likely suffer from sensitive teeth. You are not alone, if that is any consolation. A comprehensive dental exam and cleaning is what we recommend to better diagnose your sensitivity issues and offer a treatment plan. We invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment, but before you do, here are 4 things to think about:
1.Try a Desensitizing Toothpaste. If the pain and discomfort associated with hot and cold beverages or foods is just an occasional nuisance you may want to try a desensitizing toothpaste. They are readily available at pharmacies, and are designed to block the transmission between the pain and the nerve.
2.Ask About a Fluoride Gel Application. Fluoride gel is applied as an in-office dental procedure. The gel is placed on your teeth to strengthen the enamel and lower their sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
3.You May Need a Dental Crown. Tooth sensitivity is commonly caused by tooth decay. However, it may also be caused by the erosion of tooth enamel due to eating too many acidic foods or over-whitening your teeth. If your tooth sensitivity is caused by tooth decay, your tooth will be prepared and then toped with a dental crown to prevent the further spread of decay.
4.You May Need a Root Canal. Depending on the severity of your pain and following an exam, we may recommend a root canal. Root canals involve completely removing the root nerve, treating the exposed tissue and covering it with a dental crown.
There is no need to suffer from sensitive teeth. Let us help you get your tooth sensitivity under control so that you can fully enjoy those upcoming holiday meals. Our priority is your oral health. If you have sensitive teeth, call our office to schedule an appointment, today: 973.328.1225.