Tooth Desensitization

What do Dentists Recommend for Tooth Desensitization?

For people with sensitive teeth even little things can cause sharp, but temporary pain. Things like brushing and flossing and eating and drinking can cause teeth to hurt when they are over sensitive. Most of the time overly sensitive teeth are caused by excessively worn enamel or roots that are exposed. But it can be caused by other things like cavities, chips or cracks in a tooth, or as a side effect from having a dental procedure like bleaching.

What can be done to aid in tooth desensitization?

If you are worried about having overly sensitive teeth, call your dentist. They can examine your teeth and rule out any serious issues that would cause tooth pain. Then once they have ruled out underlying causes, they can make a recommendation based on your specific situation. They may suggest things like:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste can help stop the pain of sensitive teeth if it’s used regularly.
  • Fluoride treatments can help make the tooth enamel stronger and help reduce pain.
  • Bonding resins can be an alternative treatment if the roots are exposed.
  • Gum grafts might be used if there has been some gum tissue loss.
  • Root canals may be recommended to help relieve severe pain if other treatments are not effective.

Dentists may also make some suggestions to help with maintaining oral health. Minor changes like brushing with fluoride toothpaste, using a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing daily can help minimize sensitivity.