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What You Can Do about Sensitive Teeth

What You Can Do about Sensitive Teeth

When you have sensitive teeth, it can be really hard to enjoy coffee, hot tea or ice cream nearly as much as you once did. You may even find that you suffer from tooth pain when the weather is cold or when you brush your teeth. Sensitive teeth can have several causes, including worn enamel, exposed tooth roots, dental damage, or disease. If you have sensitive teeth, our dentist in Northridge can help you get to the bottom of the problem and identify ways that will keep your smile comfortable.

When your teeth are healthy, a layer of protective enamel covers the crown of the tooth. Beneath the enamel is the dentin, which contains tiny tubules that transmit feelings of hot or cold. The enamel buffers these sensations so that they are not uncomfortable. Yet, if the enamel is damaged or heavily eroded, the dentin can become exposed. The sensations then become uncomfortable or even painful.

Immediate treatment will be needed to correct the flaw if your sensitivity is caused by a worn or damaged restoration, deep decay or exposed roots. This can include root canal treatment, dental bonding to protect the roots, new fillings or crowns. Desensitizing toothpaste can be a good option for those with worn enamel. This toothpaste blocks the painful sensations, while fluoridated versions can strengthen the enamel. You may also need a professional fluoride application to help ease the discomfort.

Maintaining good dental hygiene, using a soft-bristled brush and avoiding highly acidic or sweet foods and drinks can all help prevent sensitivity. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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