How Is Tooth Sensitivity Treated and Is It Preventable?

Easy Treatment And Prevention

Tooth sensitivity can be treated. Once the cause is ascertained by your dentist, there are several treatment options available. And to prevent sensitivity from coming back, know what steps you can take as precautions.

Depending on the cause of your teeth sensitivity, here are some of the treatment options.

  • If tooth sensitivity is due to over brushing, your dentist will advise you to alter your brushing mode, and perhaps to shift to a soft-bristle toothbrush which is gentler on the enamel and on your gums.
  • If tooth sensitivity is caused by tooth decay, a broken or chipped tooth, the proper restorative work should be in order. Decay should be removed and the appropriate filling material applied. Otherwise, if the tooth concerned can still be saved, root canal therapy may be an option.
  • For teeth grinding, your dentist may prescribe the use of a mouthguard, also called a dental guard. It puts a barrier in between your teeth, generally while you sleep at night, to prevent the clenching of your teeth.
  • When you have gum recession, your dentist can prescribe several options. You may need a professional cleaning called scaling and root planing. Your dentist may also use desensitizing agents, varnishes, or dentin bonding agents to lessen the sensitivity of the exposed root. Another option for receding gums is flap surgery.
  • Visit your specialist if you are experiencing GERD or reflux disease. The acidic content of your stomach may be doing damage to your teeth and a prescription would be necessary to lessen the volume of acid or the acidity per se of the reflux.

Here are some steps you can take to keep tooth sensitivity at bay:

  • Sticking to your regular and proper oral hygiene routine prevents the occurrence of tooth sensitivity. Brush twice daily with fluoride and floss once daily.
  • You can ask your dentist for teeth-sensitive toothpaste and medicated mouthwash that are more gentle on teeth and gums.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will help prevent gum loss.
  • Avoid too sugary and acidic foods and drinks.


Available Treatment Options By Bellevue Dentistry

Tooth sensitivity is a treatable and preventable condition for a lot of patients. Come to Overlake Dental and see your Bellevue dentist for the most appropriate option for you.