Tooth sensitivity is an incredibly painful affair, in which you feel like a million tiny needles are piercing your teeth as you gulp down something cold or something too hot. Many people with tooth sensitivity surprisingly tend to live with symptoms and do nothing about it. According to reports, one in three adults in India suffers from teeth sensitivity. But why give up the simple delights, when you can lead a life free from sensitivity?
1. Desensitizing Toothpaste:
The compounds in this type of special toothpaste tend to block the transmission of sensations from the surface of the tooth to the nerve. Usually, it takes several applications before the sensitivity is reduced. A variety of sensitivity toothpaste is available over-the-counter. Ask your dentist which product will better work for you. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush is also advisable.
2. Fluoride Gel Application:
Your dentist may use fluoride gel or varnish in sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen your dental enamel and reduce pain. He or she may also suggest the use of prescription fluoride at home using a custom tray.
3. Dental Bonding or Crowns:
Exposed root surfaces may occasionally be treated by applying bonding resin to sensitive root surfaces. Fillings and crowns may correct a tooth defect or decay that causes sensitivity. Crowns are custom made and are usually fabricated of metal or ceramic material.
4. Surgical Gum Graft:
When the gum tissue is lost from the root of the tooth, gum grafting may help cover the exposed root and reduce its sensitivity. The procedure is usually done by a gum specialist, also called a periodontist. Local anaesthesia is required to make you comfortable during the procedure.
5. Root Canal Therapy:
In cases of extreme sensitivity where other treatment modalities have been unsuccessful, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the interior of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and then filled.
If you have tooth sensitivity for the first time, make an appointment with your dentist. They will look at the condition of your teeth and check for potential causes, such as cavities, missing fillings, recessed gums, night grinding, or medical conditions like acid reflux and treat or suggest ways to prevent the underlying problem. If you’ve been dealing with teeth sensitivity that prevents you from enjoying the food you love, the time to take action is today– and maybe you’ll be eating ice cream tomorrow.