Tooth sensitivity can emerge quickly, but it often develops over time. A variety of causes may lead to sensitive teeth, including exposure to erosive factors and lack of good oral hygiene. However, several solutions are also available from our Houston dentist to restore comfort. Here is more about tooth sensitivity and how it is caused, treated, and prevented.
Causes of Teeth Sensitivity
While enamel normally covers the dentin and pulp, erosion or other damage to the enamel can allow food and drinks to contact these sensitive tissues. Cavities, teeth grinding, deteriorated fillings, cracked dentin, and excessive teeth whitening may be involved. Gum recession, which exposes the unprotected dentin underneath, can also result in tooth sensitivity. The gums often recede because of gum disease. Once the lower layers of teeth are exposed, further damage can more easily occur, potentially worsening the sensitivity in the process.
How Teeth Sensitivity Is Treated
Treatment for tooth sensitivity varies with the cause. For cavity-related sensitivity, a filling may resolve the problem. Crowns, veneers, and bonding are potential solutions for sensitivity caused by tooth wear and breakage. In cases of severe tooth damage, a root canal and crown may be necessary. Sensitivity from gum disease may point to the need for gum tissue grafting to protect the dentin. Finally, some sensitive teeth simply need time and help to recover naturally. Fluoride and desensitizing toothpaste can be used to speed repair and maintain comfort in the meantime.
Preventing Teeth Sensitivity
Like many other dental problems, teeth sensitivity can often be prevented. Good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing as well as regular check-ups, can help prevent cavities. Rinsing, but not brushing, immediately after consuming sour foods and beverages can help prevent tooth erosion. Teeth whitening, whether it involves peroxides or abrasive material, is best used only occasionally for the lowest risk of teeth sensitivity.
If you develop tooth sensitivity, you can visit our Houston dentist Dr. Nazari to have the problem diagnosed and treated. You can also get tips to avoid having tooth sensitivity develop again. To learn more about this condition and its solutions, schedule a consultation at our dental office in Houston.
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