Nobody wants to take a sip of their favourite hot/cold drink and be sent into disconcerting pain by the temperature. If your teeth ache when exposed to temperature change, sugar or other regular stimuli, you are one of many people who suffer sensitive teeth. But you don't have to simply tolerate it.
At Northmount Dental Care your comfort is our top priority, whether you're in the chair or at home.
Also called sensitive dentin or dentin hypersensitivity, having sensitive teeth is a condition that can be treated. There are several potential causes and steps you can take to reduce your pain, and we can help you determine the most appropriate options.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentin of your teeth is exposed. Dentin is a calcified tissue directly underneath the protective enamel on the outside of your tooth.
Grinding, acidic beverages, and excessive brushing can all wear away at enamel gradually, and when the enamel is worn away you are more likely to experience sensitivity. Preventing grinding, rinsing with mouthwash after acidic drinks and using a softer toothbrush may help your sensitivity.
Enamel also only extends to the gum line, so receding gums can expose the dentin below and lead to increased sensitivity.
Calcium paste treatment
Fillings, crowns, or inlays
Concentrated fluoride gel (in-office)
Grinding appliance (night guard)
Assessment of diet
If you aren't sure whether your tooth sensitivity requires professional attention, take a step towards comfort and schedule a complimentary consultation.