Teeth can grow sensitive for many reasons, one of them being age. As we age our enamel wears away leaving dentin exposed which can react with a jolting pain with hot or cold contact.

If you have sensitive teeth, certain activities, such as brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking, can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a recently placed filling, or a side effect of other dental procedures, such as bleaching.

Depending on the circumstances, your dentist might recommend:

Desensitizing toothpaste. After several applications, desensitizing toothpaste can sometimes help block pain associated with sensitive teeth.

Fluoride. Your dentist might apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain. He or she might also suggest the use of prescription fluoride at home.

Desensitizing or bonding. Occasionally, exposed root surfaces can be treated by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces. A local anesthetic might be needed.

Surgical gum graft. If your tooth root has lost gum tissue, a small amount of gum tissue can be taken from elsewhere in your mouth and attached to the affected site. This can protect exposed roots and reduce sensitivity.

Root canal. If your sensitive teeth cause severe pain and other treatments aren’t effective, your dentist might recommend a root canal — a procedure used to treat problems in the tooth’s soft core. While this might seem like a significant treatment, it’s considered the most successful technique for eliminating tooth sensitivity(Source: mayoclinic.com).

If you’re concerned about sensitive teeth, start by visiting your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain and also recommend a course of treatment.

For more information on your oral health contact Tory Hill Dental for an appointment at 207-929-6626 or via our website at https://toryhilldental.com.