Treatment Options for Patients Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity
Created on September 15, 2019
At Taylor Street Dental, we work with patients who are experiencing a variety of dental health issues. This may include tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can make certain activities painful. This includes brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking. By speaking with a dental professional in the Springfield, MA area, patients can often seek effective treatment options.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth are often the result of thinning tooth enamel or even exposed tooth roots. It can be difficult for some patients to determine if their teeth are sensitive or if they are dealing with other problems, such as cavities, lost fillings, or periodontal disease. Patients experiencing any discomfort should visit their dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation—and a solution!
How can I treat sensitive teeth?
There are several options available for the treatment of sensitive teeth. Patients are urged to connect with the team at Taylor Street Dental to determine the cause of their sensitive teeth, and then discuss what solution is best for their needs. This may vary greatly depending on the circumstances, such as the severity of the sensitivity. Solutions may include:
- Toothpaste for sensitive teeth. The dentist may prescribe a desensitizing toothpaste that can be used to help block discomfort associated with sensitive teeth. This product may be a prescription-strength toothpaste or an over-the-counter recommendation.
- Fluoride application. Applying fluoride to sensitive areas of the smile can help in reducing pain by strengthening the tooth enamel. Additional fluoride may be applied at home using a specialized, custom tray.
- Dental bonding. Areas where the tooth roots are exposed may be improved with the application of dental bonding to offer an extra layer of protection.
- Gum grafting. If gum tissue has been lost and is the cause of the sensitivity, gum grafting may be performed to cover the roots of the teeth and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal therapy. In severe cases, patients may have root canal therapy performed to remove the dental pulp from inside the tooth where the nerves are located. This can eliminate discomfort while maintaining the natural tooth structure.
Are your sensitive teeth bothering you?
Contact the team of Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA today to learn more about treatment options for those experiencing tooth sensitivity. The practice can be reached by calling (413) 781-7645 and is located on the 4th floor at 41 Taylor Street. Book an appointment today and get started taking charge of your sensitive teeth once and for all!