Ways to deal with sensitive teeth

It has been reported that approximately 45 million Americans deal with some level of tooth sensitivity. Even though the enamel of the teeth are the strongest part of the human body, it can still be damaged or experience weakening that increases sensitivity. Sensitive teeth may result in discomfort when eating a popsicle or drinking hot coffee. If you are struggling with sensitive teeth, it may be important for you to start speaking with a dentist about the solutions available.

What causes sensitive teeth?

There are many reasons why a patient may deal with sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth may be caused by:

  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Damage to the natural tooth
  • Cavities
  • Worn, thin enamel caused by bruxism (clenching and grinding)
  • Tubules in the dentin (tiny pores)
  • Damage to the pulp inside of the tooth
  • Infection
  • Abscesses

Treatment of sensitive teeth

Before patients can work with their dentist to determine the best treatment for their sensitive teeth, it is vital that they have a comprehensive evaluation performed by the team at Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA to determine the cause. Once the cause has been determined, patients then can work with the team to find a solution. Common ways of addressing tooth sensitivity include:

  • Root canal therapy for damaged pulp, abscesses, or deep infections
  • Dental fillings for areas of tooth decay
  • Laser treatments for sealing tubules
  • Repairing damage to natural teeth with veneers or crowns
  • Gum recontouring to cover exposed dental roots
  • Mouth guards for use in patients with bruxism
  • The use of prescription-strength toothpastes
  • Rebuilding of dental enamel if worn, using crowns or dental bonding
  • Changes in diet and lifestyle to avoid discomfort

Discuss your sensitive teeth with Drs. Peck, Velastegui, and Homsi

At Taylor Street Dental, we have committed ourselves to providing the best possible care for new and existing patients and families in our facility, located at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor. We strongly encourage patients who are struggling with sensitive teeth to book a consultation visit with our team by calling (413) 781-7645. We accept patients in and around the community of Springfield, MA seeking comprehensive dental care.

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