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Say Goodbye to Sensitive Teeth: Our Dentists Have You Covered!

March 25, 2024

If you love indulging in delicious bowls of ice cream, but can't enjoy them because of tooth pain, it's time to visit our dental office. As skilled providers of care, the team at Aberdeen Family Dentistry will evaluate your teeth sensitivity issue and provide an effective treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort and restore your oral health.

Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Did you know that close to 40 million adults in the United States suffer from tooth sensitivity? Most of these individuals are between the ages of 20 and 50. Tooth sensitivity can range from mild twinges to severe jolts, affecting single teeth or several at once. In some cases, people suffering from dentin hypersensitivity may alter their daily routines to avoid certain foods or environmental conditions. For instance, they may refrain from eating ice cream or sipping cold beverages and even try to minimize their exposure to cold weather.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

  • Exposed dentin due to gum recession and periodontal disease.
  • Wearing away healthy tooth structure from habits such as overaggressive brushing or teeth grinding.
  • Chemical erosion of teeth resulting from a diet high in acidic foods or beverages.
  • Overuse of teeth whitening agents.
  • Health issues such as dry mouth, acid reflux, and eating disorders can also contribute to tooth sensitivity.

Diagnosing Your Tooth Sensitivity Issue

The first step in addressing tooth sensitivity is to have your dentist determine its cause. A quick stinging pain in a tooth can result from various dental issues, including cavities, chipped or fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum recession, worn tooth enamel, an exposed tooth root, or the temporary aftereffects of a recent dental procedure. Once our dentist identifies that you are suffering from dentin hypersensitivity, we'll recommend an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Our dental office offers a variety of treatment options for tooth sensitivity. These include both in-office services and products that can be applied at home. Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are essential in preventing gum recession and the development of dentin hypersensitivity. We'll guide you on proper brushing and flossing techniques to maintain healthy teeth structure. Additionally, we may recommend incorporating a specialized desensitizing toothpaste into your daily oral care routine. This type of toothpaste typically requires multiple applications over time to effectively alleviate discomfort.

Advanced Treatment Options

If desensitizing toothpaste proves insufficient, alternative therapeutic options are available. These may include fluoride gel and other topical desensitizing agents. In severe cases, more advanced dental procedures may be necessary to treat dentin hypersensitivity. Treatment could involve the placement of a filling or other dental restoration to seal off sensitive dentin or a surgical gum graft to cover exposed tooth roots. In rare instances, a root canal might be considered if the sensitivity persists despite other interventions.

Live Life Without Tooth Sensitivity

There's no reason to let tooth sensitivity hold you back from enjoying life's little pleasures. Our dental office can help alleviate your discomfort and improve your oral health. Give us a call today, and let's get started on your journey towards a pain-free smile!

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