Chances are, you suffer from tooth sensitivity. News Medical Life Sciences reports: “almost 50% percent of the population suffers from tooth sensitivity to cold, sweet, and hot foods and liquids, according to a nationwide survey of 1,056 adults age 18-65+.” This condition can significantly impede your ability to enjoy even your favorite foods and beverages. It can also affect your oral health. At our Houston dental practice, Dr. Craig Armstrong and our team often assist patients with tooth sensitivity. There are many products and therapies that claim to cure this condition, but in truth, you should seek qualified, professional assistance to remedy it. In the following blog, Dr. Armstrong and our team describe our tactics for properly treating sensitive teeth.
You may suffer from this condition without ever realizing it. You could have sensitive teeth if:
If you experience any of the above, we recommend that you see Dr. Armstrong for assistance.
The American Dental Association describes: “a layer of enamel, the strongest substance in the body, protects the crowns of healthy teeth. A layer called cementum protects the tooth root under the gum line. Underneath the enamel and the cementum is dentin, a part of the tooth that is less dense.” The dentin is a more vulnerable layer of tissue—it “contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When the dentin loses its protective covering, the tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth.” This is the basic reason for tooth sensitivity, but, as you might have guessed, there are many reasons the enamel and cementum might weaken.
The most common culprits for tooth sensitivity include:
These are just a few of the potential sources of tooth sensitivity.
In general, we recommend a few simple, at-home measures to alleviate symptoms of sensitivity. The American Dental Association suggests “desensitizing toothpaste…contains compounds that help block sensation traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve,” and, for more severe cases, certain “in-office treatments” such as “a fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents.” In addition, if cavities are the cause of your sensitivity, we may place a dental filling to restore the tooth. Advanced periodontal treatment may be required for tooth sensitivity caused by gum disease or recession. If you suffer from bruxism, Dr. Armstrong can fit you for a custom mouth guard to safeguard your enamel.
We will also educate you on proper oral hygiene habits, including a healthy diet and gentle brushing, at your next cleaning and examination appointment. In all cases, Dr. Armstrong will examine your smile, diagnose the cause of your condition, and create a customized treatment plan so you can eat and drink comfortably once again.
Our Houston dental practice can help! Contact us today to find out more and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Armstrong.
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