Sensitive Teeth Treatment In Malta
Teeth sensitivity is a common dental problem that can make even the most basic oral activities like eating, drinking and brushing uncomfortable. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 40 million people in the US experience some tooth sensitivity.
This condition causes jolts of pain or extreme sensation that are quite unpleasant. Finding the cause of your tooth sensitivity is crucial to recommending dental treatment.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Brushing too hard
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too hard can cause your enamel to wear down, exposing your dentine. This, in turn, can lead to tooth sensitivity and gum recession.
This condition is common amongst people who have periodontal diseases. Gum recession exposes the dentin, which causes tooth sensitivity.
Gum disease causes inflamed or sore gum tissue, which results in the exposure of the tooth’s root. If not treated, gingivitis can progress and destroy the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues, exposing the roots of your teeth.
Cracked teeth provide a pathway for bacterial entry into the pulp chamber. These can cause inflammation of the nerve of your tooth. In severe cases, other than tooth sensitivity, a cracked tooth may lead to abscess formation and infections.
Teeth grinding or clenching
Do you grind or clench your teeth at night when sleeping? Teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism, can wear down your tooth enamel, exposing the tooth’s dentin, making it sensitive and more susceptible to decay.
Acidic foods can erode your enamel. If you regularly eat sour or sharp-tasting foods and drinks, they could be eating at your tooth enamel. You can minimise this by balancing your diet to monitor your consumption of acidic foods like tomatoes, grains, citrus fruits, pickled products, grains, and acidic beverages.
Your teeth may also be sensitive after undergoing a dental procedure such as crown replacement, root planing, professional cleaning, among other dental procedures. However, this pain or discomfort should disappear after a few weeks.
Common Temporary Sensitivity After Dental Procedures
Tooth sensitivity after filling
According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, some people may experience tooth sensitivity after having a cavity filled or a filling replaced. Fortunately, this sensitivity should improve on its own after a few days or weeks.
If after filling you experience tooth sensitivity when chewing, this can be fixed by adjusting the bite or replacing the filling with another material.
Tooth sensitivity after whitening treatments
Teeth whitening treatments contain a harsh chemical that helps to remove the stain. This chemical can also interfere with your enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity. A particular study done on tooth sensitivity published in the Journal of the American Dental Association 2018 found that applying a desensitising gel before a whitening procedure significantly reduces tooth sensitivity after treatment.
Dental Clinic Treatments For Sensitive Teeth
When fluoride varnish is applied to your sensitive teeth, it can help reduce some of the pain and discomfort by strengthening your enamel and dentin.
Fluoride foam or gel
This is an in-office treatment that strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
Bonding agents help to fix tooth flaws or decay that cause sensitivity. This treatment works by sealing the exposed tooth roots to reduce sensitivity.
If your teeth sensitivity is due to bruxism, a mouth guard might come in handy to prevent you from causing further wear.
Gum grafting is recommended in cases where the gum tissue has receded from the root. This procedure protects the root and reduces sensitivity.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is usually the last resort if all other treatments fail to treat your teeth. The procedure can effectively compensate for sensitive teeth by removing the soft pulp inside the affected tooth.
At Home Remedies
This toothpaste contains compounds that help shield nerve ending from irritants. It contains potassium nitrate, which helps block pain signals from travelling from the nerve of the affected teeth to the brain.
Soft to medium bristle toothbrush
We highly recommend using a soft to medium bristle toothbrush with low acid or fluoride mouth rinses.
High concentration fluoride toothpaste
Have your dentist apply high concentration fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen its enamel while reducing pain.
Sensitive Teeth Frequently Asked Questions
Who suffers from sensitive teeth?
Anyone can experience tooth sensitivity. However, it is more common amongst people aged between 20 to 40 years. Still, it can affect people in their early teens and when they are over 70. This condition is also more common in women than men.
When are our teeth more likely to be sensitive?
You are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink something hot or cold, sweet or acidic.
Is there anything I should avoid if I have sensitive teeth?
If you have sensitive teeth, avoid coffee, fruits, yoghurt, sodas, ice cream, red wine, pickled products, and candies. Also, make sure to brush your teeth as instructed by your dentist.
Is visiting a dentist necessary?
You should visit your dentist after home remedies have failed to yield positive results after weeks of trying.
How to help sensitive teeth after whitening
There are several products and techniques that you can use to ease tooth sensitivity after whitening, including;
- Using prescribed toothpaste or gel for tooth sensitivity
- Changing your diet by avoiding cold or hot foods a few days after whitening treatment
- Using desensitising agents 10 to 30 minutes before and after treatment
- Gently brushing using a soft-bristled brush and lukewarm water
Can sensitive teeth cause headaches?
Yes. Pain centred in the nerves and muscles can cause headaches.
Are sensitive teeth more prone to cavities?
Yes. Since tooth sensitivity occurs when a tooth’s structure becomes soft and porous, the enamel layer does not protect your tooth sufficiently, leaving your tooth vulnerable to cavities.
What do sensitive teeth when breathing mean?
Sometimes, sensitive teeth due to breathing could mean an unidentified cavity or nerve inflammation. In such cases, immediate treatment is vital to keep the issue from getting worse.
What makes teeth sensitive all of a sudden?
While many factors cause sudden tooth sensitivity, these are the four main culprits;
- Fractured tooth
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Recession
Final Words On Sensitive Teeth Treatments
A root canal is the last option for treating severe tooth sensitivity. However, we highly recommend that you commit to a healthier diet and include remineralising foods to strengthen your enamel. This will help curb teeth sensitivity over time, as well as help prevent the need for further root canal treatment in the future.
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