The importance of dental health can’t be overstated. It extends beyond merely ensuring you have a bright, confident smile. It’s the gateway to your overall well-being. Despite this, you may still suffer from dental problems, the most common of which is tooth sensitivity. This condition can make it challenging to enjoy hot or cold beverages, eat certain foods, or breathe in cold air without discomfort.
Luckily, numerous treatments can alleviate sensitive teeth-related concerns, some of which will be detailed in this feature. These six treatments can relieve and restore one’s ability to fully enjoy life without the discomfort of sensitive teeth. Read on to learn more.
- Dental Bonding
Dental bonding, or composite bonding, is an oral treatment procedure where a tooth-like resin is applied to the surface of the teeth and then subjected to a special curing light. This effectively adheres the material to the tooth’s surface to provide a protective layer. Dental bonding can cover exposed root surfaces – oftentimes a major cause of tooth sensitivity.
However, given the steps involved in a dental bonding procedure, you might feel anxious and afraid of going to the dentist. All these uncomfortable feelings can be addressed by dental sedation. It can be something you want to consider if you experience problems that make it difficult to seek oral treatment.
So, if you consider sedation during the dental bonding procedure, you might find it helpful to prepare a list titled ‘Questions for Sedation Dentist’ before a visit. This ensures you’re fully aware of the process and can help alleviate apprehension about the procedure.
- Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a more intensive procedure often employed when other dental treatments have failed to alleviate sensitivity.
During a root canal, the dentist removes the tooth’s soft core, called the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. This treatment is generally successful in eliminating tooth sensitivity because it removes the nerve endings where pain signals originate.
Although root canal treatment can effectively and safely address pain and sensitivity issues, it can be expensive and time-consuming. Hence, if you have a sensitive tooth, your dentist will discuss the procedure to help you decide if a root canal is the perfect choice in treating your sensitive teeth.
- Surgical Gum Graft
Gum recession often leads to root exposure, resulting in tooth sensitivity. In such cases, a surgical gum graft may be recommended. This procedure involves taking a small amount of tissue from elsewhere in the mouth (often the roof of the mouth) and attaching it to the affected area. This effectively covers the exposed root surface to protect it from sensitivity.
On the other hand, if you’re considering doing a surgical gum graft for your sensitive teeth, you should talk to your dentist about what you should expect after the procedure. For example, you may deal with pain and discomfort, your gums swell and become red, and so on.
- Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a relatively new treatment for tooth sensitivity. It’s said that using lasers can help reduce sensitivity by altering the tubules in the dentin layer of the teeth, which are directly linked to sensitivity. Laser therapy has the added advantage of being quick and relatively painless. Plus, there’s no need to administer anesthesia and the risks of side effects are less likely.
Nevertheless, keep in mind that only a few oral experts can perform laser therapy for tooth sensitivity because of its novelty. Inquire with your oral professional if they offer laser therapy in their clinic that you can avail yourself of.
- Occlusal Splints
Occlusal splints can be beneficial for those experiencing tooth sensitivity due to teeth grinding or clenching (known as bruxism). These are custom-made devices worn over the teeth, usually at night, which help alleviate the pressure on the teeth caused by bruxism or a medical condition wherein you clench, grind, or gnash your teeth.
Wearing an occlusal splint can be a great option because it’s inexpensive and effective. To get the most out of this dental treatment, it’s highly advisable to wear the splint each night while sleeping. But like other dental solutions, occlusal splints have side effects that you should be aware of as well. In that case, consulting your dentist can help you deal with occlusal splints for your sensitive teeth.
- Home Dental Treatments
Aside from the ones mentioned above, you can address your teeth’s sensitivity using home remedies too. They’re effective, safe, and easy to use, making them a perfect dental solution. Some typical home dental treatments for sensitive teeth can include:
- Desensitizing Toothpaste
Desensitizing toothpaste can be the first defense against tooth sensitivity. This specially formulated toothpaste contains ingredients like potassium nitrate and strontium chloride, which can help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. Thus, regular use of this toothpaste can significantly reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride treatment is a popular and effective way to fight tooth sensitivity. Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, can help strengthen tooth enamel, reducing sensitivity.
During fluoride treatment, you can apply a high fluoride concentration to the sensitive areas. This can be done in various ways, including foam, gel, varnish, or a mouth rinse.
- Prescription Mouthwashes
Specially formulated mouthwash products for sensitive teeth contain more concentrated active ingredients than over-the-counter alternatives. These can include higher fluoride levels to strengthen enamel or other desensitizing agents. Using such mouthwashes regularly can often provide substantial relief from sensitivity.
These are some easy-to-use home treatments to address your teeth’s sensitivity. Besides trying out at-home sensitive teeth treatments, regular dentist appointments are highly recommended.
Tooth sensitivity is a common issue affecting many people; luckily, numerous treatments are available. If you’re among those who are afflicted with sensitive teeth, keep in mind the information mentioned above to help you out in finding which treatment option is the most suitable for your dental problem. Further, your dentist will provide recommendations that’ll fit your case, budget, current health condition, and the like.
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