Sensitive teeth can cause discomfort and hinder your quality of life. Sensitivity is often triggered by hot or cold foods or routine dental care such as brushing or flossing. At Dr. Gerald Regni Jr & Associates in Philadelphia, PA, we can diagnose the precise cause of your dental sensitivity before performing the required treatment. Oftentimes, conservative procedures can make a significant difference in your daily life. For over 30 years, we have provided high-quality, compassionate dentistry to our community. No matter your dental needs, Drs. Gerald Regni and Adil Salik will strive to deliver conservative and effective care to your entire family.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Enamel is the outer layer of a tooth that protects and strengthens its structure. Underneath the enamel, cementum and dentin are present. If the enamel becomes worn, due to damage or decay, the inner layers of the tooth become exposed, resulting in sensitivity. There are a variety of reasons patients may develop sensitive teeth. These factors include:
- Tooth decay
- Weak or worn dental fillings
- Periodontal disease
- Fractured or cracked teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Exposed teeth roots
In order for treatment to be successful, the root cause of the sensitivity must be identified. During a consultation, Dr. Regni or Dr. Salik will perform a complete evaluation to establish the source of your sensitivity, and determine an appropriate treatment to meet your needs.
If you have sensitive teeth, it is even more important that you attend routine visits with your dentist.
Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
Therapies for sensitive teeth can include preventative, restorative, and periodontal treatments. Common recommendations include:
- Desensitizing Toothpaste: An excellent way to combat sensitivity, desensitizing toothpaste can help block the communication between the surface of the tooth and the nerve. For best results, it should be used daily and may require multiple applications before an improvement can be felt. Desensitizing toothpaste can be used in conjunction with other treatments, if necessary.
- Periodontal Therapy: Patients who suffer from gum recession can often find relief from sensitivity by receiving a gum graft. This effective treatment reduces discomfort and adds strong, healthy tissue to support the teeth.
- Restorative Treatment: If decay is the cause of your sensitivity, restorative treatments such as inlays, onlays, or dental crowns can be used to protect the teeth and eliminate discomfort. If the decay has reached deep into the tooth structure, root canal therapy may be necessary to eradicate the problem.
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
Regular dental exams and cleanings are a necessity for every patient. If you have sensitive teeth, it is even more important that you attend routine visits with your dentist. Preventative dentistry is tremendously effective for addressing dental sensitivity before it worsens. Routine dental exams can identify problems early on, and prevent more serious issues from developing, such as decay, gum disease, or tooth loss. By investing in your dental health now, you can save a substantial amount of time and money in the future.
Schedule a Consultation with Us
If you or a family member is experiencing discomfort or pain due to sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. Because each patient is unique, we develop customized treatment plans for every individual. We will do all we can to find a solution that will address your needs. Call our office at (215) 351-9399 or contact us using our online form.