Sensitive teeth is when certain activities cause a sharp temporary pain in your teeth. These activities can include brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, exposure to heat and exposure to cold.
Sensitive teeth are usually the result worn or damaged tooth enamel. Other causes can include:
- Exposed roots of the teeth.
- Dental cavity.
- Chipped / cracked teeth.
- Tooth whitening.
- A recent dental filling.
- Or a side effect from a recent dental procedure.
Your dentist will can perform a dental examination and suggest possible solutions to your tooth sensitivity. The solution may be as simple as switching to a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. In the case of major damage to a tooth, a root canal might be needed to prevent future pain.
Possible Treatments can include:
- Desensitizing Toothpaste. Regular use of toothpaste of sensitive teeth.
- Fluoride Treatments. Fluoride applied to the sensitive areas of your teeth can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain.
- Desensitizing / Bonding. Exposed root surfaces can be covered using a resin compound.
- Surgical Gum Graft. A small amount of gum tissue can be taken from one place in your mouth and placed over the affected site to protect exposed roots, and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. In cases where a tooth needs to be repaired and other treatments are ineffective, a root canal could be an option.