Teeth become sensitive when the enamel wears away, leaving the more sensitive dentin underneath exposed, and/or their roots are exposed. Once this happens, it’s important to see Dr. Makrauer or Dr. Miller, so that they can help you determine the cause of your sensitive teeth to prevent further wear. They will also be able to help you figure out the best solution or combination of solutions to minimize your discomfort and pain.
Enamel erosion has many causes. Before treatment, it’s important to figure out the reason for a patient’s enamel erosion. Not only can acid erode enamel, but so can brushing too hard, teeth grinding, a cracked tooth, and excessive bleaching. If enamel erosion isn’t the cause of your sensitive teeth, you may have receding gums, exposing the sensitive roots of your teeth.
If enamel erosion is the cause of your sensitive teeth, your dentist may recommend a few things. The first may be a desensitizing toothpaste. While the toothpaste may relieve some of your pain, it’s most likely not going to solve the underlying problem causing your sensitive teeth. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth contains ingredients that block pain signals.
To minimize future damage, your dentist may suggest that you avoid soda, coffee, and acidic foods. If you grind your teeth, your dentist will probably recommend you wear a mouth guard at night and be mindful of any teeth clenching or grinding you do during the day. If you are experiencing damage because you are brushing your teeth too hard and taking off more than just plaque, your dentist will recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush.
For patients who are experiencing sensitivity due to root exposure, you may need surgery that repairs your receding gums.
Even if you find toothpaste for sensitive teeth that greatly reduces your pain, you should make an appointment with Dr. Makrauer or Dr. Miller because they will be able to find what is causing your sensitivity and come up with a more permanent solution. We at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts can offer multiple solutions for our patients to utilize at home to assist with their dental health. Call us @ 215-947-7700.