My Teeth are Sensitive! What can I do?

Suffering from overly sensitive teeth? First, be sure you have visited your dentist’s office for a thorough exam and consultation regarding the causes for your sensitivity. Many factors can cause the sensitivity; examples include: decay, cracks, breaks or other injuries to the tooth, clenching and grinding of the teeth, root exposure/ recession, sinus congestion, nerve or pulp damage, etc.

In this post, we will focus on decay. If the sensitivity is caused by decay, Dr. Bruce Nelson will treat the tooth accordingly. If the decay is limited, a smaller tooth colored composite filling may restore the tooth. If the decay is more extensive, the tooth may require a crown or possibly reinforcement with a build-up, post, and/or root canal treatment as well.

The risk for future decay can be reduced by lowering your intake of sugars, acidic beverages or foods, improving your oral hygiene methods, reducing dry mouth with more frequent sips of water and the use of dry mouth products. Medications, harmful drugs and smoking can also create conditions for decay. The teeth can be strengthened and can become more mineralized and resistant to decay by using products containing calcium phosphate (nanohydroxyapatite) and optional fluoride. CariFree CTX products (toothpaste and rinses) are available to help reduce decay risk and reduce sensitivity. Another beneficial product is MI paste which also contains calcium phosphate with the option of added fluoride to increase the strength of enamel. Dr. Bruce Nelson orders these products and we have them in stock in our dental office for our patients. ​ Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment!

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Bruce Nelson, DDS     
1776 East Glendale Ave.     
Phoenix, Arizona 85020 


Dr. Bruce Nelson, general dentist in Phoenix, Arizona, strives to assist his patients in the prevention and diagnosis of dental issues including periodontal disease. Dr. Nelson offers LANAP Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, and Dental Implants. His practice serves patients from Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and the surrounding areas. Call (602) 678-4500 to schedule your appointment today or click here to request an appointment online! 

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