Tooth Sensitivity Treatment
At Hall Dental, we offer a range of treatments for sensitive teeth, which can result from tooth decay, cracks, 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 sensitive teeth. Some of the causes of tooth sensitivity 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.
If the desensitizing toothpaste doesn't help, we can apply fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents to the affected teeth. If these don't work, a filling, crown, inlay or bonding may be required.
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.
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