How to Combat Winter Tooth Sensitivity
Teeth sensitivity is a common dental issue that affects many people. But you don't have to suffer in silence! There are a variety of treatment solutions that can eliminate any discomfort you feel.
Why Does My Tooth Hurt?
The part of the tooth that is responsible for the sensitivity to the cold is the dentin, the innermost part of the tooth. The dentin is often exposed when the outer layers of the tooth begin to wear away. This can be the result of multiple factors, including:
As you can see, a cavity isn't the only reason why your teeth might be hurting, so don't jump to conclusions if you feel pain in your mouth.
What Can I Do?
After assessing your condition, your dentist will recommend a course of treatment that will depend primarily on the degree of sensitivity your teeth are experiencing. Some solutions you will be able to do from the comfort of your own home, while others can only be conducted in the dentist’s office.
Common treatments for teeth sensitivity include:
- Toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Desensitizing toothpaste is composed of ingredients that can prevent sensation from reaching the root of the tooth from the tooth surface. This treatment may require multiple applications before it becomes effective.
- In-office or home fluoride gel treatments. Applying gel that contains a high concentration of fluoride can make the tooth enamel stronger and can prevent the transmission of sensation.
- Crown or bonding. Crowns or bonded fillings can be used to cover the area exposed by decay. They can also be used to correct other damage, such as a crack or fracture.
- Surgical gum graft. Gum grafting can be used to fill the places where gum tissue has receded. This helps protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. A root canal is usually reserved for severe cases of teeth sensitivity where other methods of treatment will not work.
If a procedure is needed, there are ways your dentist can reduce any associated pain and make you feel more comfortable. Sedation dentistry can help keep you relaxed during the procedure, while The Wand® technology will allow anesthesia to be applied without pain.
Get Help Today
With the winter season approaching, you may be looking for treatments that can alleviate the discomfort you feel from having sensitive teeth. If so, don’t hesitate to contact us at Premier Dental Care. We will provide you with a tailored solution for your sensitive teeth and any other dental issue you may have. We are accepting new patients, including children and adults, and are committed to helping you achieve optimal oral health.