Do your teeth hurt when you are eating ice cream or drinking iced tea? Or maybe when you are trying to enjoy a nice, hot cup of coffee? Sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, and you may wonder if it is an issue you just have to live with or if it is something your dentist can treat. Here is some information on sensitive teeth, what can cause the problem, and how your dentist can help you to find relief.
Why are my teeth so sensitive?
There are actually several possible reasons that your teeth may be sensitive. This is usually caused by other dental issues, such as:
• Exposed tooth roots
• Constant tooth grinding
• Worn down tooth enamel
• Gum disease
How are sensitive teeth treated?
Unfortunately, the problem of sensitive teeth doesn’t usually go away on its own, and it may even get worse. Your dentist may be able to help, though. The treatment he or she suggests will depend on why your teeth are sensitive. Possible treatments include:
• A fluoride treatment to help strengthen teeth
• If the gums are receding and exposing tooth roots, your dentist may recommend a gum grafting procedure. In this procedure, tissue is taken from the upper palate of the mouth and grafted over the exposed roots. A bonding resin may also be used to cover exposed roots.
• If you grind your teeth at night and that is causing sensitivity, your dentist may recommend a night guard, a simple piece of plastic that fits over your teeth to wear at night.
Until your appointment, make sure you keep up with good dental care habits, even if your teeth are sensitive. Use a tooth brush with soft bristles, brush teeth gently, and try a toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth. And don’t forget to floss!
Sensitive teeth are painful and annoying, but they can also point to a more serious problem. If you can’t enjoy eating or drinking because of your teeth, it may be time to make an appointment with Lerner & Lemongello. Call the office in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, at (561) 627-9000 today!