Tooth sensitivity. Some patients experience sensitivity of the teeth due to cavities. However, others have thin enamel that can make it impossible to enjoy foods and beverages that are very hot or very cold. Tooth sensitivity caused by thin enamel can be address in various ways. The team of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry can advise patients with tooth sensitivity as to ways to combat this problem and once again enjoy all their favorite treats!
Options for tooth sensitivity
- Start with an evaluation. Before moving forward with any treatment for sensitive teeth, patients need to start with a full evaluation at their dental office. Sensitivity may be a sign of other problems, such as tooth decay, so this should be checked first before any other treatments are completed. Tooth decay will require a filling, which will seal the tooth and protect it from further damage. If sensitivity is caused by a cavity, it will be gone after the dentist places a filling.
- Consider sensitive toothpastes. Over-the-counter toothpastes that are designed for patients with sensitive teeth may provide some relief, especially for those with mild discomfort. Look for toothpastes that are marked as “sensitive teeth” formulas, and consider trying these for a few weeks to see if you notice a difference. Our dental team also has access to certain prescription toothpastes that can be used for sensitivity as well, and may be more effective than those available at the local drugstore.
- Avoid whitening products. Some patients who use tooth whitening products or services on a regular basis may experience short-term sensitivity. This may be normal for a little while following use, but if it persists, it may be time to seek alternative options for dealing with stained or discolored teeth, such as the placement of porcelain veneers or the use of dental bonding.
Are you interested in finding ways to improve tooth sensitivity?
Contact Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry today in Mesa, AZ. Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro are available by calling (480) 834-6991 and visiting Suite 1 at 1056 South Val Vista Drive. New and current patients can seek general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions with our dedicated professional staff.