Biting into an apple, sipping on a warm cup of hot apple cider, or eating a yummy scoop of pumpkin flavored ice cream are all things you should be able to enjoy the time of year without feeling sensitive— or having sensitive teeth anyway. If you experience shooting pain on your teeth either when you are indulging in a hot or cold treat, then a combination of making minor changes and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Nik Zalavadia can help.
Your teeth are made up of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. When your dentin (the part of the tooth that contains nerves) is exposed, it causes tooth sensitivity and pain.
Use Sensitive Toothpaste
Sensodyne or other leading sensitive toothpaste brands are one of the best things you can do for sensitive teeth. Containing potassium nitrate, these types of toothpaste work to soothe the nerves inside the tooth— in turn leaving you without that shooting pain every time you try to enjoy a yummy warm or cold treat. Just remember to use it twice a day for a few weeks or as recommended by Dr. Nik Zalavadia.
Get a Sealant
Depending on the rest of your oral health and what the dentist thinks your sensitivity is caused by, he may recommend something as simple as a dental sealant. Although dental sealants are typically temporary, they act as a barrier between your dentin and food.
Veneers or Implants
In some instances, if your tooth sensitivity is caused by extreme tooth decay or something similar, Dr. Nik Zalavadia may recommend that you get either dental veneers or dental implants to completely seal off the exposed dentin.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Nik Zalavadia, he will go over all of your options to help you determine the best treatment solution for you.
Schedule your next dental appointment at our office today!