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Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

Nothing says summer like a cold ice cream cone, and little feels cozier on a chilly winter night than curling up with a fuzzy blanket and a hot cup of cocoa or tea. Unfortunately, you might be missing out on those little life pleasures if you have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can make even slight temperature changes trigger sharp pains. Some people have teeth so sensitive that breathing in cold air causes pain.

Teeth become sensitive as the enamel layer thins. This leaves more dentin exposed, and the microscopic channels in the dentin have less insulation against temperature changes. They are able to more easily transmit sensations to the nerve of the tooth, and this can be painful. Teeth can also become sensitive as a result of gum recession.

Previous treatments for sensitive teeth have had limitations. Desensitizing toothpastes work by blocking the painful sensations in the channels in the dentin. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen the enamel. If gum recession is responsible for the sensitivity, dental bonding or gum grafts might be appropriate for some patients.

Today, researchers are developing a new long-lasting, non-surgical treatment for sensitive teeth. This special topical paste contains calcium and phosphorus. When it is applied to the teeth, it not only blocks the exposed tubules but also helps rebuild damaged enamel, which allows for lasting relief from sensitivity.

Contact our office today to find out more about anti-sensitivity treatments or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.

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