Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? Technically called “dentin hypersensitivity,” this intermittent sensation affects people when they eat, drink or touch their teeth. At least one in seven adults suffers from this painful sensation, primarily in response to hot or cold foods. But today dentistry can offer several effective treatments, including our dentists in Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, and Millsboro, DE of Dental Associates of Delaware.
Dental sensitivity is often caused by enamel loss, exposure of the tooth root surface or changes in the dental pulp. Enamel loss can be caused by wear on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, abrasion from improper tooth brushing, erosion, exposure of the teeth to acidic foods or stomach regurgitation, or tooth grinding. Exposure of the tooth root surface may result from recession of the gums due to aging, or chronic gum disease, a poorly positioned tooth, periodontal surgery, or incorrect tooth brushing habits.
There are effective treatments for tooth sensitivity. Initially, treatment involves ruling out other possible dental problems such as a cavity, tooth grinding or a dying or fractured tooth. Treatment also includes using over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste for two to six weeks. Potassium nitrate-containing toothpastes, for example Sensodyne, that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, are good choices.
If further treatment is necessary, our Brandywine office in Wilmington, DE dentists may choose to apply topical fluoride or a desensitizing agent. Another effective technique is bonding, which involves applying a tooth-colored plastic or porcelain material to the tooth surface to seal the exposed dentin or root surface.
If you have sensitive teeth, call one of our Delaware dental offices today so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your options. We look forward to hearing from you!