We have all been there, saying no to a nice sugary ice cream treat on a hot day to accommodate for our sensitive teeth. Not being able to bite down into an apple and having nightmares about hard candy? We’ve tried it all, the copious amounts of sensodyne toothpaste and organic treatments, but our teeth are still so darn sensitive. Rather than trekking back to the dentist's office, here are a few reasons as to why your teeth give you grief.
Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Other factors such as cavities, a cracked or chipped tooth or tooth grinding, toothbrush abrasion and acid erosion may also cause tooth sensitivity. If you’re concerned about sensitive teeth, your dentist can properly diagnose the cause of the problem. Many Dentists and Orthodontists suggest such sensitivity is derived from and counteracted by the following:
Surgical gum graft. Exposed tooth roots may be covered by a small amount of gum tissue can be taken from elsewhere in the mouth and attached to the affected site. This procedure covers the affected root surface, protecting the exposed roots thus reducing sensitivity.
Grinding. Tooth sensitivity may be due to tooth grinding or clenching. Severe grinding may actually bend a tooth, causing some of the weaker enamel to fracture from the tooth, exposing the underlying sensitive dentine. Night-time splints can assist in preventing this.
Abrasion. Overzealous toothbrushing, or the use of medium or hard toothbrush bristles will wear away enamel, again exposing the sensitive dentine.
Be sure to keep these in mind the next time you go to town on forceful toothbrushing folks. For more information visit our website for a full interview with world class dentists.
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