Sensitive Teeth Treatment North Lakes and Mango Hill
If you have sensitive teeth, activities like eating and drinking can take away some of the enjoyment it can bring because of the sensitivity they can cause.
Most of the time, teeth sensitivity is caused by worn out tooth enamel exposing the teeth’s sensitive parts, making it painful to eat, drink, or brush.
If you feel tooth pain, visit your North Lakes dentist and consult about the chance that you have sensitive teeth.
What causes sensitivity?
Teeth become sensitive when the dentine is exposed. This can be due to enamel wear, a crack in the tooth or gum recession.
The crown of your tooth (the part that is visible) is usually covered by enamel. Enamel is one of the strongest parts of the human body and helps to protect the dentine.
If your enamel gets worn away by brushing the next layer of the tooth structure (dentine) can become exposed. Gum recession or fine cracks will also cause the dentine of the tooth to be exposed.
Dentine is made up of very tiny tubules that can send messages to the nerve of the tooth, letting it know when you are eating sweet or cold foods and drinks.
The most effective way to stop the sensitivity is to cover or block the end of these tubules so that these messages can’t be passed to the nerve.
What to do
If your sensitive teeth cause you discomfort, visit your North Lakes dentist immediately. He can detect any underlying causes of your tooth pain and help find a solution.
Depending on the circumstances, your North Lakes dentist might recommend:
Desensitising toothpaste can help block pain that goes with sensitive teeth. There are various products available over-the-counter. Ask your North Lakes dentist which product might work best for you.
Your North Lakes dentist might apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain. He might also suggest the use of prescription fluoride at home, applied via a custom tray.
Desensitising or bonding
Unprotected root surfaces can be treated by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces.
If other treatments aren’t effective, your North Lakes dentist might recommend placing a small filling to cover the sensitive area. It’s considered the most successful technique for removing tooth sensitivity.
To prevent sensitive teeth from returning, brush your teeth two times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste, and floss every day.
Use gentle strokes, rather than harsh scrubbing, and avoid using abrasive toothpaste. If you grind your teeth, ask your North Lakes dentist about a mouthguard. Tooth grinding can break your teeth and cause sensitivity.
You might also consider taking extra caution when eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages, such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, and wine — all of which can erode your tooth enamel over time.
Use a straw to control contact with your teeth when you drink acidic drinks.
After eating or drinking an acidic substance, drink plenty of water to balance the acid levels in your mouth. Never brush your teeth immediately after drinking as acidic drink as your enamel is at its weakest.
Sensitive Teeth Treatment in North Lakes and Mango Hill
If your sensitive teeth cause you pain, come in and discuss your treatment options with your North Lakes dentist during your dental appointment.
For sensitive teeth treatment in North lakes and Mango Hill, call us at (07) 3465 1199.
We are located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.