Having sensitive teeth can be anything from getting a mild twinge to severe discomfort, it can also be an early warning sign of more serious dental problems.
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth however, it is more common in people aged 20 and 40, women are more likely to be affected than men.
Sensitivity can occur when the dentine is exposed. This usually happens where the tooth and the gum meet and the enamel layer is much thinner. Here are some causes of sensitivity:
During your examination our team will discuss your symptoms and will look at your teeth to ascertain the cause of the sensitivity and the best way to treat you.
Depending on the cause, we may treat the affected teeth with special ‘de-sensitising’ products to help relieve the symptoms. Fluoride gels, rinses or varnishes can be applied to sensitive teeth, these are painted onto the teeth at regular appointments, to help build up some protection.
Sensitivity can take time to settle, you may need to have several appointments. If this does not help, we will discuss other options with you and we may seal or fill around the neck of the tooth, where the tooth and gum meet, to cover exposed dentine. In some cases it may be necessary to root-fill the tooth.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.
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