Solutions for Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity is one of the major reasons patients seek dental treatment.
Sensitivity often occurs when the layer of teeth beneath the enamel, called the dentin, becomes exposed due to erosion of the enamel or recession of gum tissue. You might experience a sharp sensation in the teeth when you eat or drink something hot, cold, or sweet.
Dr. Wells will provide personalized recommendations on reducing discomfort, which could include solutions such as:
Applying less pressure when brushing your teeth
At-home use of a soft-bristled toothbrush and desensitizing toothpaste
Modifying your diet to reduce acid content
If our dentist finds evidence of teeth grinding, wearing a mouth guard at night
Dental bonding or tooth-colored fillings to protect exposed tooth roots
Tooth sensitivity could be a symptom of a cavity or gum disease. If the discomfort is caused by an underlying dental health issue, Dr. Wells will discuss treatment options to preserve the health and look of your teeth so you can feel good about your smile.
To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Use gentle strokes, rather than vigorous or harsh scrubbing, and avoid using an abrasive toothpaste. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. Tooth grinding can fracture teeth and cause sensitivity. You might also consider taking care when eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruits and wine — all of which can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. When you drink acidic liquids, use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. After eating or drinking an acidic substance, drink water to balance the acid levels in your mouth.