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Treating Tooth Sensitivity

With Florida fall around the corner tooth sensitivity is never welcome, cold drinks and ice cream in a balmy breeze will be necessary and tooth problems are not. If you experience tooth sensitivity you may be wondering how your teeth got this way and if there is anything you can do to improve this condition. Thankfully, with a skilled dentist like Dr. Brazdo tooth sensitivity treatments are possible and can significantly improve your quality of life.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? 

Teeth become sensitive when the nerve of the tooth becomes exposed to the harsh environment of your mouth. This can happen in many ways. Cracks and breaks from dental trauma can quickly cause tooth sensitivity. Dental decay can also erode the enamel. The subsequent decay from bacteria digesting sugars can weaken the enamel and allow the nerve to become sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, and acidic conditions. Enamel erosion can also happen when undue wear and tear occur on the teeth from unconscious grinding while you are stressed or sleeping and from years of vigorous, heavy-handed tooth brushing. The gums pulling away from the root of the tooth can also cause the teeth pain and sensitivity. And finally, some people are just born with thin enamel that enables the nerve of the tooth to become exposed to the elements on a daily basis. Whatever the cause of your tooth sensitivity, you know that it can be a literal pain. This pain can cause you to forgo your morning cup of coffee or popsicles with your grandchildren. At this Melbourne, Florida dental practice, we don’t think that’s any way to live.  If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity there is likely something we can do.

Desensitizing Procedures for Teeth

When you come to your Melbourne, Florida dentist with a tooth sensitivity issue, Dr. Brazdo will first perform a comprehensive exam. This will ensure that she understands what exactly is causing your tooth sensitivity. By understanding this she will be able to figure out what she can do to fix the cause of your sensitivity and restore your teeth and your quality of life to their former luster.

Desensitizing Cracks, Cavities, and Breaks 

If your sensitivity is caused by cracks or breaks in your teeth, depending on the severity of the damage, a composite filling can be affixed to prevent the nerve from being irritated by patching the enamel. If the break or decay has caused the whole tooth to decay from the inside a root canal may be the best solution to desensitize the tooth and allow patients to experience eating without pain.

Desensitizing Exposed Roots 

If periodontal disease and receding gums has caused you to have tooth sensitivity a gingival graft can cover the exposed root and stop the pain of sensitivity. Gingival grafts are procedures that replace gum tissue at the base of the tooth. After diseased tissues are removed, the exposed roots can be “filled in” with grafts of skin taken from healthy gingival tissue. Once these tissues are healed, it will be imperative that you maintain them with regular visits to your Melbourne, Florida dentist to ensure that they remain healthy to spare your teeth further pain. 

Desensitizing Eroded Enamel 

When enamel has been worn down, or is a congenital issue topical desensitizers can be painted on the tooth at Artistic Touch Dentistry. These sealants are comprised of a tooth-colored resin and strengthen enamel by acting as a shield. These last for many years and can stop tooth sensitivity in its tracks. It is important that you maintain your oral health with this treatment as well. Dental sealants are a great solution to sensitivity but they are not a permanent solution. By taking great care of them you can prevent cracks and breakage.

Tooth sensitivity affects many dental patients,but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have sensitive teeth, make sure to talk to your dentist about this issue. She will be able to find the cause of your sensitivity and see if she can provide you with a restoration or solution that can alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. No matter your issue, you do not have to live in pain. Talk about your tooth sensitivity with your Melbourne, Florida dentist today.