If you have tooth sensitivity, you already know how unpleasant it can be. Of course, preventing the problems that cause it is your best approach, and that means taking excellent daily care of your smile. Taking the time to brush and floss and seeing your dentist every six months will keep tooth sensitivity at bay.
Keeping your teeth healthy means protecting your precious tooth enamel, as it protects the dentin layer below. When tiny holes in tooth enamel infiltrate, it exposes dentin. Since the dentin has microscopic tubules which allow heat, cold, acidic and sticky foods access to nerves and cells in the tooth, you are vulnerable to sensitivity.
So, what can you do? If you have tooth sensitivity, you can try the following:
- Brush with a desensitizing toothpaste to help with blocking the pain.
- See your dentist for a fluoride gel which can help protect tooth enamel and lower sensation to pain.
- A dental restoration can repair the area which is causing your sensitivity. A dental bonding, an inlay, or even a dental crown can alleviate the pain.
- A gum graft can repair lost gum tissue and provide protection to the root of the tooth which will effectively lower sensitivity.
- If other measures are not working, a root canal can provide relief by eliminating tooth sensitivity.
Nurturing your teeth and gums can keep tooth sensitivity at bay. If you need help with tooth sensitivity or want to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Robert Seaman in Lenexa, Kansas. Our Seaman Family Dentistry team is here to give you the relief you need. Just call 913-353-4095 today!