When you have Sensitive Teeth, daily activities, such as brushing, flossing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, sudden pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots, but can also be the result of cavities or cracked and chipped teeth.
Sensitive teeth can only be adequately treated by a dentist. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we will examine your teeth thoroughly to find out what is causing the sensitivity and will find the best way of treating it. Depending on the cause of your sensitive teeth, your dentist in W1 may suggest different treatments.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by several dental issues. The most common include worn tooth enamel, tooth erosion caused by highly acidic foods and beverages, gum recession that leaves the surface of your tooth roots exposed as well as teeth grinding. Other causes include cracked, chipped and filled teeth or post-treatment sensitivity, which is usually temporary.
What can your dentist in W1 do?
Having a conversation with your dentist is the first step in determining the cause behind your discomfort. Describe your symptoms, let your dentist know when the pain started and tell them if anything makes you feel better.
After they determine the reason for your sensitive teeth, they will create a treatment plan. Treatment may be as simple as using an antibacterial mouthwash, fixing a cavity or replacing a worn filling. However, if sensitive teeth are the result of exposed root surfaces, your dentist in W1 may suggest a gum graft or root canal treatment. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth due to teeth grinding, your dentist can take impressions of your teeth and then used them to create a mouth guard that you can wear during the night.
Shield your teeth against sensitivity
To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, your dentist will offer advice to help you maintain your oral health. Brush and floss your teeth gently at least twice a day and make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste. You might also consider limiting acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated drinks and citrus fruits, which can eat away small amounts of tooth enamel over time.