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If you have felt extreme pain or discomfort while eating ice cream or consuming a spoonful of hot soup, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Also known as dentin hypersensitivity, the condition leads to pain or discomfort in your teeth as a response to various triggers like cold or hot temperatures. Sensitive teeth may be a temporary or permanent problem and may affect a single tooth or all your teeth. Schedule an appointment with us if you experience the symptoms of this problem. 

What are the Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth? 

You may feel pain as a response to various stimuli. Such pain is experienced at the roots of your affected teeth. Some of the most common triggers that cause this condition include hot foods and fluids, cold foods and drinks, acidic or sweet foods and beverages, cold air, cold water used during routine dental care, etc. 

What Leads to Sensitive Teeth? 

Thinner enamel is a common cause of sensitivity to your teeth as it exposes their inner surface to external elements. The thinning of enamel may occur due to brushing your teeth harshly or using a hard-bristled toothbrush for brushing. Sensitivity may also be caused because of grinding your teeth at night (bruxism) or consuming acidic foods and beverages. In some patients, sensitive teeth may be the cause of other health conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux or gum recession. Other causes of sensitive teeth include tooth decay, chipped teeth, broken teeth, worn-down dental fillings, and so on. 

How to Treat Sensitive Teeth? 

Desensitizing Toothpaste - We may offer you a desensitizing toothpaste containing all the compounds that block the transmission of sensation from your tooth surface to the nerves. Ensure to brush softly with this toothpaste, and you may experience relief within a few days. 

Fluoride Treatment - It is an in-office treatment for sensitive teeth. We will apply a fluoride gel on all your teeth to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce the transmission of sensations. Fluoride treatment also keeps cavities at bay. 

Dental Bonding, Crown or Inlay - We may use these dental restorations on your sensitive teeth to correct the decay or flaw that exposed your teeth to such sensitivity. 

Gum Grafting  - A surgical gum graft is performed if your gum tissues have been lost from their roots. This procedure protects both your roots and teeth from sensitivity. 

Root Canal - If your tooth sensitivity is severe and cannot be treated with the above-listed treatments, we will perform root canal surgery to eliminate the issue.

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