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.

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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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