If you have sensitive teeth, then brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking can lead to sharp pain. Usually this pain is the result of worn down tooth enamel, which can expose your tooth’s roots. If you’re concerned about pain from sensitive teeth, you should visit a Tucson dentist to discuss your different treatment options.
One of the easiest ways to alleviate pain from sensitive teeth is by switching your toothpaste to one designed for sensitive teeth. After using desensitizing toothpaste several times, you can help block the pain that arises when you eat something cold, hot, or sour.
Your dentist can further help block pain by applying fluoride to the area where the root is exposed. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth enamel, so it can help prevent further wear of your teeth.
Root surface coverings
Though desensitizing toothpaste can help block pain, it doesn’t target the source of your pain. The best way to learn what is causing your sensitive teeth is by scheduling an appointment with your dentist. If your tooth roots are exposed, he or she may recommend cosmetic dentistry to cover exposed root surfaces. Your dentist can also apply a sealant to cover the exposed tooth root.
If changing toothpaste and covering the roots doesn’t significantly help alleviate pain, your dentist may recommend a root canal. A root canal is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which the root pulp is removed entirely, which helps eliminate the source of pain.
Your dentist will likely recommend switching to a soft-bristled brush to help prevent sensitive teeth from recurring. It’s important to avoid vigorously scrubbing or brushing your teeth, as this can wear away the enamel. If you unintentionally grind your teeth, your dentist can also make a mouth guard for you to wear at night.
At John Carson, DDS, our Tucson dental team is truly focused on helping our patients reach their personal treatment goals. We provide comprehensive care, with each step improving a patient’s overall health and beauty. Call (520) 355-4855 to schedule an appointment with a Tucson cosmetic dentist.