TREATMENT FOR SENSITIVE TEETH

“Sensitive teeth never completely disappear.”

Symptoms may be less or even seem to go away for a while but unless the reasons why a person’s teeth become sensitive are completely eliminated the sensitivity will come and go.

There are several types of treatment available, and each dental hygienist has his or her favorites that they are most likely to recommend. There is no single treatment option that works for everyone. “Proper diagnosis of the reason for the sensitivity is essential in treating sensitivity.  If the reason for the sensitivity is addressed, the treatment chosen will be more successful in decreasing pain.  If the hygienist  just treats sensitivity without addressing the reason for it the problem will continue and get worse.

The following are some at-home treatments suggested by the Smileez Oral helath Centre

Desensitizing toothpaste. There are several brands of toothpaste for sensitive teeth available. Your hygienist may recommend one or you may have to try different brands until you find the product that works for you. Be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste for sensitive teeth, not tartar-control toothpaste. Try spreading a thin layer of the desensitizing toothpaste on the exposed tooth roots before bed.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Avoid highly acidic foods.
Use a fluoridated mouthwash daily.
Avoid teeth grinding. Consider getting a mouth guard.
The following are some dental procedures that may reduce tooth sensitivity.
Bonding, crowns or inlays. These may fix a tooth flaw or decay that is causing sensitivity.
Fluoride gel or varnish.
Surgical gum graft. This will protect the root and reduce sensitivity if the gum tissue has eroded from the root.
Root canal. This is a last-resort treatment for severe tooth sensitivity that has not been helped by other methods.