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What to Do about Sensitive Teeth?

September 8, 2022
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Posted By: The Smile Shop
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Sensitive teeth can make eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing a challenge. Luckily, The Smile Shop in Durham, NC, can provide you with the relief and comfort your smile deserves. We offer several treatments for sensitive teeth, such as dental fillings, fluoride treatments, dental veneers, tooth crowns, and more. 

What Can Cause Sensitive Teeth?

Many things can cause tooth sensitivity, such as:

  • Worn enamel 
  • Exposed tooth roots 
  • Tooth decay 
  • Cracked or chipped tooth 
  • Worn dental filling 
  • Gum disease

Our dentists at The Smile Shop can help pinpoint why you have sensitive teeth and develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs and relieve discomfort. 

How Do You Treat Sensitive Teeth?

Some common treatments for dental sensitivity include:

  • Desensitizing agents – Toothpastes, mouthwashes, or chewing gums can reduce sensitivity due to obstructing the dentinal tubules or blocking neural transmission. 
  • Dental fillings – Dental fillings allow us to remove tooth decay and restore a tooth’s health, structure, and function. 
  • Fluoride and sealants – Fluoride and sealants protect teeth from decay and strengthen enamel. 
  • Topical antiseptics – Topical antiseptics relieve tooth sensitivity and pain. 
  • Veneers – A dental veneer covers a tooth and acts as a barrier to cover exposed dentin and the underlying nerves. Ultimately, veneers strengthen the tooth’s structure and protect the nerves, thus eliminating tooth sensitivity.
  • Dental bonding – Dental bonding can create a seamless barrier on the teeth to protect the nerves and cover exposed tooth roots, reducing dental discomfort. 
  • Nightguard – Bruxism can lead to sensitivity, and a nightguard may help reduce sensitivity by creating a barrier between the teeth.
  • Prosthodontics (e.g., dental crowns, implants, dentures) – Our dentists can use prosthetics to cover or protect worn, damaged, or sensitive teeth.

Your dentist can help you find the best way to treat your tooth sensitivity. The treatment will depend on the reason why you have sensitivity and the severity of your discomfort. For example, if you have sensitivity-causing cavities, your dentist will likely fill or cap the tooth based on the extent of the decay. 

Your dentist may also recommend incorporating certain sensitivity-relief products into your oral hygiene routine at home, like special toothpastes. Be sure to choose a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Approval, or ask your dentist for suggestions. 

Another way to reduce teeth sensitivity is by gently brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many of our patients brush too hard or vigorously, but doing so can wear down the enamel, lead to gum recession, exposed roots, and more. 

Learn More About Treatment for Sensitive Teeth in Durham, NC

The Smile Shop is here for all your dentistry needs, including treatment for sensitive teeth. Our team is knowledgeable and gentle, and we always put you and your oral health first. If you have sensitive teeth and desire a more comfortable smile, please call us to schedule an appointment with Drs. Kate Dolin and Adam Spriggs.

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