Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental problems faced by around 40 million people every year. The pain is often too sharp but fades away in no time. The causes of tooth sensitivity can be hot and cold beverages, but one should never ignore the symptoms as it may indicate an underlying serious medical condition.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity refers to tooth discomfort or feeling of toothache in one or more teeth. The pain is often sharp, sudden, and shooting. Tooth sensitivity is usually caused when the layer of the tooth underneath enamel gets exposed along the gum line due to receding gums. This exposed region gives a vulnerable response to hot, cold, and sometimes spicy food items. Other factors that may cause tooth sensitivity are:
Brushing too hard: Brushing your teeth hardly using a hard-bristled toothbrush may wear down the tooth enamel, expose the cementum (the layer covering the tooth), and cause tooth sensitivity.
Tooth Grinding: Grinding your teeth also wears off the enamel and expose the dentin.
Unprofessional dental cleaning or dental treatments
Temporary Tooth Sensitivity: It occurs as a side-effect of professional teeth whitening treatment and usually goes away within 2-3 hours.
Gum Disease: In this medical condition, the inflamed gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, leaving vulnerable areas exposed.
If you are experiencing any such signs and symptoms of tooth sensitivity, immediately visit an expert dentist in Pune.
Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Options
Oswal Dental Clinic has been offering world-class treatment for tooth sensitivity. A board-certified, expert dentist will examine and evaluate your dental health, medical history, and other health aspects to determine the root cause of tooth sensitivity. Depending on the test result, the doctor suggests the treatment. To ensure the treatment results last long, here are a few tips to follow mandatorily:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoid highly acidic foods.
- Use a fluoridated mouthwash daily.
- Avoid teeth grinding. Use a mouth guard instead.
The following are some dental procedures your dentist may recommend to treat tooth sensitivity:
- Bonding, crowns, or inlays to fix a tooth flaw or decay that is causing sensitivity
- Fluoride gel or varnish.
- Surgical gum graft to protect the root and reduce sensitivity if the gum tissue has eroded from the root
- Root canal for severe tooth sensitivity that has not been helped by other methods.
To know more about tooth sensitivity, dental treatments, and cosmetic dentistry, get in touch with our expert dental team at Oswal dental hospital in Pune for professional help.