If you’re the type of person who cries at commercials that plead for donations for homeless dogs— you know the ones— then you’re certainly not alone. Sometimes, things can just pull at your heartstrings and bring out your sensitive side. And although it’s good to be in tune with your emotions, there are some parts of your life that shouldn’t be sensitive: like your teeth. If you have started to experience a piercing pain in your teeth every time you bite into an ice cream cone or drink a hot beverage, you are suffering from tooth sensitivity. So, what is tooth sensitivity and how can it be treated? Read on to learn more.
What Is Tooth Sensitivity?
You may not realize it, but your teeth are comprised of three layers. Your top layer (the enamel), the middle layer (the dentin), and the bottom layer (the pulp). Tooth sensitivity occurs when your enamel has eroded away, and your dentin is exposed. Comprised of tiny microscopic nerves, your exposed dentin allows heat and cold to enter and cause shooting pain.
How Can Tooth Sensitivity Be Treated?
Yes, you can tell your teeth to grow up and stop being so sensitive, but that, unfortunately, won’t do the trick. Depending on the severity of your tooth sensitivity, you can try something as simple as toothpaste or as complex as surgery.
- Sensodyne Toothpaste: Toothpaste for sensitive teeth, like Sensodyne, work to numb your dentin so that you don’t experience any pain or discomfort.
- Inlay or Bond: If toothpaste doesn’t work to combat the tooth sensitivity, Dr. Nik Zalavadia may recommend either an inlay or bond to shield the tooth from any exposure.
- Gum Grafting Surgery: If the enamel erosion is really bad, then Dr. Nik Zalavadia may choose to perform a gum grafting surgery. During this surgery, soft tissues will be removed from one part of your mouth and implanted over your gums to help cover the dentin.
Depending on how severe your tooth sensitivity is, we have a variety of treatments for you to choose from. To learn more about these treatments or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Nik Zalavadia today!