The Key to Managing Sensitive Teeth is Strengthening Your EnamelThe best way to address sensitive teeth is to schedule an appointment to receive professional dental treatment. Dentists have different methods of tackling weakened tooth enamel. Some possible treatments you may receive at the dentist are:
- Have your dentist examine your teeth and gums to ensure you don’t have underlying gum disease, which requires treatment. Maintaining healthy gums protects your tooth integrity, which prevents sensitivity. Gum recession due to underlying gum disease is a possible cause of sensitive teeth. When gum disease (periodontitis) develops, periodontal pockets form that separate your teeth from your gumline. This separation can expose the lower part of teeth and sensitive nerve endings to cold and heat, which causes pain and exacerbates sensitivity.
- Some patients have an underlying issue called bruxism. Bruxism is when a person grinds their teeth, which usually occurs during sleep, so the patient may not even be aware of their tooth grinding. A custom-fitted mouthguard will prevent further damage to your teeth. The outer protective layers of teeth can wear away due to bruxism and be the root cause of your tooth sensitivity. Although there may be options available at the store, they often do not work adequately to address the issue and are ill-fitting. Your dentist has the expertise and tools to make the exact mold of your bite.
- Fluoride coatings and varnishes are a first-line defense against tooth pain and sensitivity. Ask your dentist about the fluoride treatment options that are available to you. Microscopic holes in teeth expose the inner part of your teeth to irritants and extreme temperature changes, which leads to pain. When a dentist applies fluoride varnish to your teeth, it fills in these tiny microscopic holes. Depending on the condition of your teeth, there are other bonding and coating options available to protect enamel and conceal the exposed dentin( bony tissue) that is causing pain.