Word of Mouth
March 24, 2006
Sensitive Teeth

To those who may have experienced it, sensitivity can be just as bad as toothache. The taste of ice cream, a cold drink, a sip of coffee, tea, brushing or flossing gives that sharp shocking or edging pain that can drive the most fearful person to the Dentist. Sensitive teeth can be a result of a cavity, cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel from grinding or exposed roots due to periodontal disease or aggressive tooth brushing. {{more}}

Whatever the cause, sensitive teeth can be treated. Your Dentist may suggest that you try sensitive teeth toothpaste, which contains compounds that help to prevent sensitivity. This type of toothpaste requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced. If that does not ease the discomfort, a fluoride or desensitising gel can be applied to the affected tooth or teeth and depending on the cause of the sensitivity, a filling or crown may be suggested. In cases where the sensitivity is severe and persistent, a root canal may be necessary to remove the nerve and eliminate the pain.

It is essential that sensitivity be treated early so as to prevent the persistent pain it may cause and the expense of treating it when it has become severe.