Do you suffer from sensitive teeth, whether it is from eating, drinking, or something else? There are some treatments that can help to ease the pain. Read on to learn more.
Dental hypersensitivity is a relatively common problem. It may causes problems during eating, drinking, brushing teeth, and even when breathing. Dental hypersensitivity is a short, sharp pain from the exposed dentin in teeth in response to stimuli. The most widely accepted explanation for the cause of this is the hydrodynamic theory – when various stimuli cause a rapid outward flow of fluid contained in the dentinal tubules. This fluid release creates a pressure change across the dentin that stimulates the nerve fibres and results in pain.
Too much acid in the diet may be a risk factor for dental hypersensitivity. These acids may come from citrus juices and fruit, carbonated drinks, wines, and ciders. Other risk factors include toothbrush abrasion, chemical erosion, thin enamel, gingival recession, exposed dentin, tooth grinding, and eating disorders.
Treatments for dental hypersensitivity include:
The treatments can be invasive or non-invasive. Invasive procedures include gingival surgery, application of resins, or a pulpectomy. Non-invasive measures should always be considered first.
Laser therapy is another option for treating dental hypersensitivity. The Erbium Yag laser can reduce tooth sensitivity in just one treatment although re-treatment may be necessary in time with some patients. It is safe, simple, non-chemical, painless, and tissue-preserving. Sensitivity can occur when the tiny openings in the dentine layer conduct hot and cold to the tooth’s nerve endings. Scanning the laser across each sensitive tooth for about a minute fuses the opening closed, eliminating the sensitivity problem.
A desensitising toothpaste contains ingredients that reduce sensitivity by filling channels in the dentin. A fluoride rinse can help to decrease sensitivity. It is especially good people that have decay problems. Keep your teeth clean by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Use a soft toothbrush. Brushing with too much force and/or brushing with a hard bristled brush can actually damage the protective tooth enamel.
There are also some homoeopathic remedies that can help. These include: