Tooth sensitivity is real, and if you have been avoiding cosmetic dental restoration because your teeth hurt when you eat or drink, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you come up with a solution for sensitive teeth.
The ADA suggests that it may be something as simple as switching to a toothpaste that is specifically made to treat tooth sensitivity. Check out the list of American Dental Association approved toothpastes for sensitive teeth to see if this may work for you.
If you have tried every toothpaste made for sensitive teeth on the market and nothing works, see your dentist as soon as possible, especially if you have your heart set on Dental Veneers, bonding, dental implants or a complete Smile Design Makeover. It is important to get to the root of your problem before you have any restorative work done on your teeth and gums.
Tooth grinding could be to blame for your sensitive teeth. Grinding your teeth will eventually wear away the protective enamel on your teeth exposing the dentin and nerves. Ask your dentist about a custom made mouth guard to stop you from grinding your teeth.
If the enamel on your teeth is worn, acidic and sugary foods will not do you any favors. Skip the foods and beverages that are causing you pain. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as well who may be able to recommend a cosmetic dental procedure to help restore the protective layers of enamel on your teeth.
Over the counter tooth whitening products could be causing your tooth sensitivity. The American Dental Association does not recommend some gels, toothpastes, whitening strips and mouthwashes and although your smile may be brighter, aren’t doing you or your tooth sensitivity any favors. If white teeth are on your wish list, schedule an appointment forprofessional tooth whitening.
Gum disease is one of the biggest culprits, as receding gums will cause tooth sensitivity. If your gums bleed when you brush and floss or appear red and swollen, talk to your dentist as quickly as possible.
A chipped or cracked tooth may not seem like an issue, but your dentist explains that a filling or other restoration such as a dental crown could help alleviate your tooth sensitivity once and for all.
Leaking fillings or other problems with dental restorations may also be causing your tooth sensitivity. Your fillings will not last forever and can sometimes leak, fracture or weaken around the edges. If you can’t remember the last time that you had your old amalgam or resin fillings checked, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.