How to reduce and potentially eliminate, the problem of sensitive teeth.
Tooth sensitivity can range from being mildly irritating to downright painful, especially when exposed to the extremes of hot or cold when we drink or eat. There are a number of possible causes of this problem, and also, in some cases, solutions that we can provide at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham.
Before we look at some of the ways that this problem can be managed, it is worth considering how it occurs in the first place.
One of the main reason for sensitive teeth is due to the protective enamel layer on our teeth being compromised through erosion, or even a crack. This exposes the dentin layer beneath it which, being porous, in turn exposes the nerves in the root canals to both hot and cold temperatures.
Another cause is when our gums recede. This exposes the less well protected root parts of our teeth, leading to additional sensitivity. We have covered some of the reasons for this in one of our earlier blogs here.
Managing tooth sensitivity
There are a number of suggestions that can help you to avoid the worst discomfort of having sensitive teeth. You should also consider some treatments which may help to eliminate it altogether.
Avoid very hot or cold food and drinks
If eating or drinking hot and cold products sets off your sensitive teeth, make sure to allow those foods to cool down or warm up towards room temperature. This applies to both food and drinks.
Avoid acidic food and drinks
These were possibly responsible for at least some of the problem in the first place. Make sure that you don’t make your sensitivity worse by damaging the enamel even more. Avoid acidic and sugary fizzy drinks altogether if you can.
Use a fluoride mouthwash
Although fluoride will not repair eroded enamel, it can help to prevent the problem from becoming worse. It is certainly worth trying this to see if it helps.
Use a sensitivity toothpaste
There are now a number of toothpastes available that are designed to help de-sensitise the teeth. These work by blocking the sensation that travels from the tooth to the nerves. Many patients find these excellent for relatively mild cases. Where the problem is more intense though, your dentist may be able to provide a more permanent solution.
See your dentist for advice!
It is impossible to cover every situation that causes sensitive teeth and apply an instant solution to it. All problems will need to be investigated by one of our Clapham dentists who may recommend a suitable solution. Where the sensitivity is caused by a cracked tooth, it may need to be filled, or even a crown used to protect the tooth and the nerve. Where significant enamel erosion is the problem, dental veneers may be used if the problem is on the front teeth.
You can be sure that we will do all that we can to help you when you come to us with this or any other dental problem. If you are experiencing any discomfort, whether through sensitivity or something else, please don’t ignore it and allow us to check it out as soon as possible. To make an appointment at the Confidental Clinic, please call us on 020 7801 9060.