Do you have sensitive teeth? If you feel pain whenever you take a sip of your morning coffee or after a bite of chilled cheesecake then yes, you do have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity or otherwise known as dentin hypersensitivity is a condition wherein patients complain of pain triggered by specific stimulants like hot and cold food and beverages. The pain can either be chronic or transient. There are several factors that contribute to tooth sensitivity. At Gerald Regni, DMD & Associates we provide a thorough assessment of your teeth so that we can diagnose the exact cause of your problem. This is necessary in order for us to come up with the right treatment plan. With nearly 30 years of experience in providing superior quality dental service, we take pride in our ability to address a wide range of dental needs. Our aim is to offer effective and conservative treatments for you and your family.
What Is Causing Tooth Sensitivity?
The outer layer of your toot is called the enamel. Its purpose is to strengthen and protect the structure of your tooth. If you look at the anatomy of your tooth you will find cementum and dentin. When the integrity of your enamel is compromised as a result of decay or damage, the layers underneath it will be exposed thereby resulting to tooth sensitivity. Patients experience tooth sensitivity because of the following factors:
- Worn dental fillings
- Tooth decay
- Cracked teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Teeth roots that are exposed
- Teeth grinding
For a successful treatment, your dentist must determine the source of the problem. When you visit our clinic for a consultation, Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr. will evaluate your mouth to identify what is causing the sensitivity. After the assessment, Dr. Regni will establish a treatment plan to address your needs.
When you are diagnosed with sensitive teeth, you have to ensure that you show up for routine visits.
How Do You Treat Teeth Sensitivity?
Sensitive teeth can be addressed in many ways. You can opt for periodontal, restorative, or preventive treatment. However, most dentists recommend the following:
- Desensitizing Toothpaste – one of the most effective ways of addressing tooth sensitivity is by using desensitizing toothpaste when you brush. This special toothpaste blocks the interaction between your tooth’s surface and the nerve. To achieve the best results, it is recommended that you use it every single time you brush. Usually it will take a number of applications before it takes effect. You can use this form of treatment together with other tooth sensitivity treatments.
- Restorative Treatment – If tooth decay is the main reason why you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity then you’ll need restorative treatment such as dental crowns, inlays and onlays. However, if the decay has reached deep within the tooth you’ll require root canal therapy to solve the problem.
- Periodontal Therapy – gum recession may also contribute to tooth sensitivity. When this is the cause of the problem your dentist will suggest a gum graft to help relieve the discomfort.
Why Is Routine Dental Care Necessary?
It is ideal for patients to undergo regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleaning especially for individuals with sensitive teeth. These routine checkups will either prevent tooth sensitivity or stop it from getting worse. When you undergo routine checkups, your dentist will be able to identify the problem during its early stage and treat it accordingly thereby stopping its progress. It also prevents dental conditions like tooth loss, gum disease and tooth decay from advancing. When you choose to prioritize your dental health today you are saving yourself from costly treatments in the future.
Call Us Today For A Consult
If you or someone you know is suffering from tooth sensitivity we recommend that you give us a call at 215-351-9399 or visit our website to learn more about our services. We are committed to create personalized treatment plants to address your dental health needs.