Hall Dental Centre

Treating Sensitivity

At Hall Dental, we make it our practice to treat sensitive teeth including tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn fillings and more.


Getting to the root of the matter

If tasting ice cream or sipping coffee is sometimes painful, or if brushing or flossing makes you wince occasionally, you may have a common problem: "sensitive teeth".

Some of the causes include tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings and tooth roots that are exposed as a result of aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession and periodontal (gum) disease.

Do desensitizing toothpastes work?

In some cases, a desensitizing toothpaste may do the trick. These types of toothpastes contain compounds that help block sensation travelling from the tooth surface to the nerve. But, you have to be patient – you'll have to use it several times before you notice a difference. Always look for the Canadian Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance when choosing one of these toothpastes.

In-office treatment

If the desensitizing toothpaste doesn't do the trick, we can recommend apply fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents to the affected teeth. If these don't work, we'll have to determine if a filling, crown, inlay or bonding may be required.

Again, every patient is different so we'll develop a treatment plan based on your unique needs. If gum tissue has been lost from the root (gum recession), we may recommend a surgical gum graft to cover the root, protect the tooth and reduce the sensitivity.

In cases of severe and persistent hypersensitivity that cannot be treated by other means, we may recommend endodontic (root canal) treatment to eliminate the discomfort.


Learn more about options for Treating Sensitivity

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