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Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.
Tooth roots are normally covered and protected by your gum. Inside, there are tubules (think of them as straws, with one end outside, and the other end inside where the nerves are), if exposed, tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. The result can be hypersensitivity.
Possible causes include: Tooth Decay (cavities), Fractured Teeth, Worn Fillings, Gum Disease, Worn Tooth Enamel, Exposed Tooth Root.
Depending on the cause of the sensitivity, we can recommend a variety of treatments, including, but not limited to: desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatment, a restoration (crown or filling), surgical gum graft, or a root canal.
Desensitizing toothpaste: This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
Fluoride treatments: An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
Restoration (crown or filling): These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
Surgical gum graft: If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
Root canal: If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
Info from: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sensitive-teeth
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