A dentist can help with sensitive teeth with treatments such as fluoride, root canals, gum grafts, and dental bonding. In addition, several at-home treatments have proven effective at treating milder tooth sensitivity.
People with sensitive teeth often feel discomfort or pain at the root, top, or side of the affected teeth when they come into contact with triggers. While these can vary from person to person, the most common include:
Teeth above the gums are covered with a tough protective layer called enamel, and teeth below the gums are covered with cementum. Below both protective layers is dentin, a sensitive, porous layer that’s connected to teeth nerves. If either are damaged, the dentin and, therefore, the nerves can be exposed to hot or cold, which causes pain and discomfort. Many things can cause these protective layers to get damaged, such as:
You can treat mild tooth sensitivity at home by brushing with desensitizing toothpaste that can help bolster enamel and block pain that comes with tooth sensitivity. However, the best at-home treatment for tooth sensitivity is prevention. After all, once your enamel is damaged or worn down, it won’t come back. Protect your enamel and cementum by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and by using a firm but gentle touch when brushing and flossing.
If you have moderate or severe sensitivity or sensitivity caused by a bigger problem than aggressive brushing, you will most likely need professional treatment. In fact, it’s always best to talk to your dentist about any tooth sensitivity as soon as you can. That way, they can determine the root of the problem and prescribe the proper treatment. Some ways dentists can help with sensitive teeth include:
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