How to manage Dentin Hypersensitivity
We all experience the occasional ‘brain freeze’ from ice cream or chilled drinks, but when you visit our dentists in Parramatta for consistent irritation from eating hot or cold things, they may diagnose dentin hypersensitivity. Lots of different things can cause sensitive teeth, so it’s essential to have your dentist professionally diagnose the issue.
First off, sensitivity is a nerve problem, so it’s more serious that you may think. Nerves are located in the middle of teeth, and some layers can communicate with the nerves. Your outer layer – the one you see – is called Enamel and that does not communicate with the nerve. That means by the time you’re feeling that sharp ‘pain’, your enamel has worn away at some places, exposing the inner surface of your tooth.
This wear can be caused by brushing too hard, eating or drinking too many acidic foods, receding gums, grinding teeth, damaged fillings, or general tooth decay. After some dental treatments, your teeth may be sensitive for a short time, but that’s a different scenario.
Naturally, your solution depends on the root issue. We will ask fundamental questions to define the exact cause, so think about how long you’ve been experiencing discomfort, how bad the sensation is, and what the specific triggers are. For example, is it a sharp pain that comes and goes or is it more of a persistent, nagging ache? Is your tooth bothered by hot food, cold drinks, acidic food (tomatoes, yoghurt, wine)? Can you tell which exact tooth reacts?
Often, a doctor will ask whether you’re feeling pain or sensitivity, and it can be a frustrating and challenging question. Don’t worry, our dental clinic in Parramatta has polite, friendly and patient staff.
Once the cause is confirmed, we can recommend treatments. If your filling is damaged, we can replace it. If it’s about gum recession, we can help you manage it.
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The human body does strange things sometimes, and every once in a while, your dentist can’t find a specific cause for your sensitivity. In such cases, we might advise you to use a topical treatment while we continue to observe and troubleshoot. These include desensitising kinds of toothpaste and gels.
Your dentist can treat you in their office, applying a fluoride gel coating directly on your tooth. It strengthens the enamel, which protects the dentin beneath. Alternatively, you can use a specialised toothpaste. It works by blocking communication temporarily to the nerve, so you don’t feel the pain.
This eases the sensitivity and allows you to keep eating and drinking for a while, so that’s a good thing. Other options include sealing the damaged tooth using resins or dental cement. Some dentists also advocate the direct application of casein, calcium phosphate, or bioglass that stimulate help seal different parts of the exposed tooth surfaces.
For guidance on managing your hypersensitive teeth, our caring dentists at Dental Avenue Parramatta and our friendly team will be more than happy to take care of you. Call us today on 80 040 055 and we’ll see you as soon as possible!
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