Tooth Sensitivity Care at Kitchener East Family Dental
Close to 50 million Americans have sensitive teeth, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Sensitive teeth can involve sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, teeth pain, sore gums and throbbing gums. Areas, where you have had a filling or a crown, can be particularly prone to sensitivity.
In some cases, other more serious issues are mistaken for sensitive teeth, such as cavities, tooth damage, root damage, or abscess. It is important to see your Kitchener dentist regularly to determine the precise cause of tooth pain and discomfort so that the appropriate course of action can be taken.
Factors That Lead to Tooth Sensitivity
As a normal part of the aging process, the enamel of the tooth (its outer surface) tends to wear away over time. This causes the dentin of the tooth to become exposed; the dentin is a sensitive layer of the tooth. Cold or hot stimuli can be particularly uncomfortable when it comes into contact with the dentin. Some factors that lead to tooth sensitivity include:
- Recession of the gums
- Frequent drinking of acidic liquids (such as sodas and fruit juices)
- Habitual tooth grinding
- Brushing the teeth too long and/or too hard, exacerbating the loss of tooth enamel and resultant dentin exposure
- Dental treatments, procedures or restorations
- Teeth whitening
- Gum disease (periodontitis)
Other Common Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity
Some of the symptoms of tooth sensitivity also include:
- Tingling of the teeth and gums
- Flashes of gum and tooth pain
- Accelerated sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain when cold air hits the teeth
Solutions to Tooth Sensitivity
A visit to your Kitchener dentist can help to determine the precise cause of your tooth sensitivity so that an ideal treatment protocol can be created and administered. Some of the possible solutions for sensitive teeth include:
- The use of a specialized toothpaste
- Application of a desensitizer, or protective coating
- Special rinses and gels
- Using a much softer toothbrush
Expert dentistry from your Kitchener dentist can assist you with gaining relief from sensitive teeth and sore gums. If you have the symptoms of aching, throbbing teeth and sensitivity to cold and hot foods or beverages, we can help. We can also assist you if you are experiencing teeth pain from a filling, crown or other dental work.
Your Kitchener Dentist Has Solutions and Relief for Tooth Sensitivity
Dr. Gangwani at Kitchener East Family Dental is here to assist you with tooth sensitivity and all of your dental and oral health needs. Dr. Gangwani and our entire staff are committed to providing intuitive, professional and attentive care. From routine exams to addressing tooth sensitivity to more extensive procedures, you can count on your dentist in Kitchener to get to the root of the problem and facilitate expert, effective care.