What is tooth sensitivity?

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth, and it’s a problem that’s both inconvenient and sometimes painful. Essentially, caused by either tooth decay or an agitated nerve, tooth sensitivity is something that should always be checked by your dentist. Luckily – there are a number of treatments that a dentist can perform in order to help relieve the problem of tooth pain caused by excessive sensitivity.

Dentists see tooth sensitivity as a sign of potential decay, or an indicator that something’s wrong. The fact is that it’s a symptom of a more serious condition unless it’s simply the side-effect of a treatment such as tooth whitening, or some sort of orthodontic therapy such as braces, which can make teeth feel sensitive and uncomfortable for a few days after adjustments.

Primarily, the treatment for tooth sensitivity is normally performed by a dentist using a coating to make the teeth feel less sensitive. Typically, the procedure involves checking the gums and teeth for damage and then locating the ‘sensitive’ teeth. They will then apply the coating and the results should make things a great deal easier.

For mild sensitivity, there are indeed many over the counter solutions available, such as sensitive toothpaste, toothpastes containing fluoride as well as a number of gels and such like which aim to help strengthen the teeth and make them feel less sensitive. The treatments available are quite effective, but for more major sensitivity – a consultation with a dentist is necessary.

Sometimes, tooth sensitivity comes as the result of a recent injury or treatment where the root has become slightly bruised. For example, if you’ve accidentally bit something a bit too hard or jolted your teeth somehow, the roots will remain sensitive for a few days. If the problem doesn’t fix itself quickly, you should visit a dentist.

Other solutions include using a softer toothbrush, cleaning your teeth more regularly and also trying to cut out sweet / sour food stuffs. These all go towards preventing decay and minimizing the chance that your teeth will become hyper-sensitive. Luckily, while it can be painful – there are plenty of solutions to the problem.

Typically, the reason tooth sensitivity occurs is due to a breakdown of the enamel layer of the tooth. Once the dentine is visible, the tooth becomes sensitive due to the fact that dentine contains many nerve-like structures.

For many, tooth sensitivity is a problem that’s constant and enduring. Thankfully, many dental treatments can help to resolve the problem. Visiting a dentist lets them not only asses the problem, but treat any signs of decay, bacteria or disease which could very well be what’s causing this rather uncomfortable sensation.

While it’s quite common for people to simply put up with sensitive teeth, it should be seen as a sign to visit a dentist. Eating ice cream and enjoying hot and cold drinks should be something we can all enjoy without having to cringe. With just a few treatments, you could be enjoying these things once again.

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