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What can be done about sensitive teeth?

Written by Torrey Hills Dental

Sensitive Teeth

It is estimated that approximately 45 million Americans deal with sensitive teeth. It is a common dental issue that can typically be resolved with a few dental hygiene changes. In some situations, severe sensitivity may indicate a bigger problem that might require the assistance of a dentist in Carmel Valley to address. Drs. James Tasto and Brian Tasto of Torrey Hills Dental can work with individuals who are dealing with sensitive teeth and help them in finding a solution.

What are common sensitive teeth symptoms?

The primary symptoms of sensitive teeth are discomfort after enjoying a food or beverage that is extremely cold or hot. The sensitivity may vary from mild to severe and can even be an issue when patients are brushing and flossing. When patients experience this change in their oral health, they will want to communicate the problem with their dentist at an examination. Knowing what is causing the tooth sensitivity is the first step in determining how to resolve it.

What are the common causes of tooth sensitivity?

There are many reasons why a patient might be struggling with problems such as tooth sensitivity. An assessment is always recommended to determine the source of the problem and find an effective solution for an individual and their unique needs. Below are just a few of the more typical reasons why a patient might be dealing with sensitivity:

•             Aggressive brushing of the teeth

•             The use of an acidic mouthwash high in alcohol

•             Conditions such as bruxism (clenching and grinding)

•             High-sugar or high-acid diet

•             Periodontal disease

•             Use of strong whitening/bleaching products

•             Cracked or broken teeth

•             Exposed nerve endings

•             Recent dental procedures

Learn how to stop sensitive teeth pain

In many situations, a patient with mild teeth sensitivity will want to avoid extremely hot or cold foods or beverages that can cause discomfort. Additionally, they may want to check their local drugstore to find a toothpaste available over-the-counter designed for patients with sensitive teeth.

How to stop teeth sensitivity immediately?

Patients who have extreme sensitivity will want to visit their dentist as soon as possible. Sensitivity may not just be sensitivity—it can be a sign of a more severe problem such as a cavity or an infection. By calling the dentist and getting in for an examination, patients can then work with their dentist to determine the cause of the sensitivity and find a solution that will provide immediate relief.

How can I fix my sensitive teeth?

There are specific dental procedures designed to help in alleviating tooth sensitivity for patients dealing with it daily. In situations where there are exposed nerve endings, composite resin is placed to cover dentin that is exposed and uncomfortable. Patients who have sensitivity caused by gum recession after periodontal diseases may want to ask about the possibility of gum grafting covering the exposed areas and reducing sensitivity. For those with mild sensitivity, a change in toothpaste may also help.

Call a dentist in Carmel Valley to learn more about addressing sensitive teeth

If you reside in the area of San Diego, CA, and are interested in working with a dentist to find a solution to your sensitive teeth, call Drs. James Tasto and Brian Tasto of Torrey Hills Dental to discuss your options. The office is located at 4765 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite #101, and can be reached to book an appointment by calling (858) 523-1330. We are open to new and established patients and families in and around the community of Carmel Valley.

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