Tooth sensitivity is inconvenient and bothersome, especially when you are uncomfortable brushing and flossing your teeth and when you can’t enjoy your favorite treats. There are many things that could be causing your tooth sensitivity, like cavities, worn fillings, exposed tooth roots, worn tooth enamel, fractured teeth, and gum disease. However, even though there are a lot of causes of tooth sensitivity, there are also a lot of treatments that can help, including:
· Desensitizing toothpaste: Desensitizing toothpaste contains a compound that covers the pathways to your tooth nerve and blocks any sensations from entering. The sensitivity should be reduced after multiple applications of the toothpaste.
· Fluoride gel: Fluoride gel is available at our office and it helps strengthen your tooth enamel and also block the pathways to your chompers’ nerves.
· Dental work: A dental crown, dental filling, dental inlay, or dental bonding can help reduce the sensitivity by fixing a flaw in your tooth or eliminating tooth decay.
· Surgical gum graft: A surgical gum graft is helpful if your gums have moved away from your teeth. The treatment will put your gums back into place and will protect your roots, reducing your tooth sensitivity.
· Root canal treatment: Root canal treatment is the last resort when it comes to fixing tooth sensitivity. However, it will provide beneficial results if the other treatments have failed to work.
When it comes to sensitivity prevention, the key is to keep up on proper oral hygiene techniques and take care of your smile. If you have any questions about tooth sensitivity or if you are interested in one of the mentioned treatments, please call New Image Dental Group at 770.725.7377 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Hwang. We look forward to helping you!