Say Goodbye to Sensitive Teeth with Our Help

April 30, 2024

If biting into a crisp apple or sipping on a steaming cup of coffee leaves you wincing in pain, it's time to get some professional help. As your trusted dental care providers, the team at Florida Gardens Dental Center is ready to identify the source of your discomfort and provide the appropriate treatment to restore your oral health.

Tooth sensitivity affects millions of adults in the United States, particularly those aged 20 to 50. The degree of sensitivity can range from a mild sting to a sharp jolt. Depending on the cause, the discomfort might be localized or widespread across multiple teeth. In severe cases, sensitive teeth can even alter daily routines and activities.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

  • Exposed dentin due to gum recession and periodontal disease
  • Wearing away of tooth structure from habits such as aggressive brushing or teeth grinding
  • Chemical erosion of teeth from a diet high in acidic foods or beverages
  • Overuse of whitening products
  • Health issues like dry mouth, acid reflux, and eating disorders can also contribute to sensitive dentin.

Diagnosing and Treating Sensitivity

The first step in addressing tooth sensitivity is to pinpoint the underlying cause. A quick, sharp pain when biting into cold foods or breathing in cold air can stem from various dental issues, including cavities, cracked teeth, worn fillings, gum recession, thinning enamel, exposed tooth roots, or temporary discomfort following a dental procedure.

Once our dentist has determined that you're dealing with dentin hypersensitivity, we will develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. There are several approaches we can take, ranging from in-office procedures to at-home care options:

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are crucial for preventing gum recession and the development of dentin hypersensitivity. Our team will guide you on proper brushing and flossing techniques to preserve your healthy tooth structure.

We may also recommend incorporating a specialized desensitizing toothpaste into your daily oral care routine. Desensitizing toothpaste often requires consistent use over time to effectively alleviate discomfort.

If desensitizing toothpaste doesn't provide enough relief, alternative treatments are available, such as fluoride gel or other topical desensitizing agents. In severe cases, more advanced dental procedures may be necessary. These can include placing a filling or other restoration to shield sensitive dentin or performing a surgical gum graft to cover exposed tooth roots. In rare instances, a root canal might be considered if dentin hypersensitivity persists despite other interventions.

Enjoy Comfortable Eating Again!

There's no need to let sensitive teeth hold you back. We can help you regain your comfort and confidence when enjoying your favorite foods and beverages. Contact the office of Florida Gardens Dental Center today to schedule an appointment.

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