Sensitive teeth: Treatments available
by Shubhi Gupta Sensodyne : Healthy Dental Tips
Sensitive teethes are a
very common dental problem. However, the sharp sensations and discomfort caused
by tooth sensitivity can often be hard to ignore.
In most cases, sensitive
teeth are a result of tooth cavities that expose the roots and tender nerve
endings, worn-out tooth enamel, and oral health issues. However, tooth
discomfort can also be attributed to other factors like cracked or chipped
tooth, gum recession, gum diseases, broken filling, dental procedures,
gastrointestinal problems that cause acid reflux, etc.
If you’re bothered by teeth
sensitivity issues, you’re probably ready to read up on various sensitivity
treatments that are available to get
you out of the discomfort zone.
Depending on the underlying
cause, the following sensitivity treatment options are
available to the patients:
1. Desensitizing toothpaste- Most desensitizing toothpaste brands
use active ingredients like potassium nitrate which helps in soothing the
exposed nerve outlets. Several applications of a good quality desensitizing
toothpaste can help block the nerve sensations that is commonly associated with
application- Dentists may consider treating certain cases of teeth sensitivity
by applying fluoride. This is a common approach to sensitivity treatment for
cases with worn out or thin enamel. Home-based prescriptions for fluoride
applications are also given.
Bonding- In some cases, it is necessary to cover the exposed root
surfaces by a bonding resin that helps in desensitizing the area.
Gum grafts- In cases where there is a loss of gum tissue, gum grafting
techniques are applied. This is a common approach in severe cases of gum
recession which leaves the dentin part of the teeth exposed, causing
sensitivity issues. A small portion of the gum, extracted from other
areas of your mouth is grafted surgically on the affected site.
Root canal treatment- In the cases of short sharp sensations and extreme
root rotting, some of the aforementioned treatments may not be effective.
Dentists work on carrying out a root canal procedure which treats the problems
in the tooth’s core. A root canal is one of the most successful techniques for
long term elimination of teeth sensitivity.
better than cure
While all of the
aforementioned options are considered effective for sensitivity
treatment and are commonly used by
dentists all over the globe, there is no better solution than prevention. Good
oral care including brushing the teeth twice, using a soft bristle brush,
fluoride toothpaste, etc are recommended. Intermittent use of a good
sensitivity toothpaste is a good way to soothe your exposed gums and nerves.
Finally, healthy eating
habits like limiting the quantity of acidic food, alcohol, sweets, citrus
fruits, etc will help keep your enamel intact and work as a natural sensitivity
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