In both cases – tooth cavity and tooth sensitivity – the enamel has weakened. What causes the enamel to become weak? Poor oral hygiene leading to excessive plaque is the most common; high consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages with neglect of proper brushing and flossing can surely weaken enamel. Other causes are: bruxism or grinding of teeth, excessive or forceful brushing, excessive use of alcohol-based mouthwashes, among others.
Treatment for Cavities and Sensitive Teeth
The simplest way to treat sensitive teeth is to avoid the triggers. There are also many toothpaste brands you can use that are designed specifically for sensitive teeth. For severe cases that have not responded to other treatments, including installation of crowns and veneers.
In the case of tooth decay and cavities, professional treatment by a qualified dentist is best. The dentist makes a visual assessment, takes x-rays, drills out the damaged tooth area to completely remove the decay, and either fill, cap, or replace the tooth for complete pain treatment.
Learn more about Cavity Pain & Tooth Sensitivity at Overlake Dental
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort, and don’t know if it’s a cavity or experiencing tooth sensitivity, come see our Bellevue dentists for consultation and treatment.