Tooth sensitivity is an aggravating dental problem that may prevent you from eating hot or cold foods, in order to avoid tooth pain.
But this dental issue is more than just feeling pain when the teeth are exposed to temperature changes; it connotes another dental problem, one more serious, progressing in the mouth.
If you feel pain whenever you eat or drink hot or cold foods, then it is highly likely that you have sensitive teeth. See your Caringbah Dental Care dentist right away! Time is of the essence when it comes to your oral health.
The Dental Pulp
Each tooth houses dental pulp, which is composed of blood vessels, connective tissue, and the odontoblasts. The dental pulp serves a number of functions. First, it is the centre of nourishment of the teeth.
It keeps the tooth moist through continuous blood flow, thereby preventing it from becoming brittle. It also has a sensory function, which reacts to temperature changes in the mouth.
The dental pulp is in the centre of every tooth and branches out down to the canals, stopping at the apex or tip of the tooth. That’s why when the roots are exposed, pain is also felt.
Another case in which pain is felt, is when the enamel that protects the pulp is corroded, thereby exposing the pulp to temperature changes.
Common Causes Of Sensitive Teeth
So what are the common causes of sensitive teeth? We have listed some of them below.
- Worn enamel from abrasive brushing
- Tooth erosion caused by acidic food/drinks and from bacteria
- Tooth decay
- Cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
- Receded gums
- Gum disease
- Infected dental pulp
- Damaged dental restoration (fillings, crowns, inlays, onlays)
- Post dental treatment (teeth whitening, fillings, crowns)
Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At Caringbah Dental Care
There are a number of ways to address tooth sensitivity, depending on the cause. Below are our comprehensive dental treatments at Caringbah Dental Care.
Desensitising toothpaste – about 20% of Australians use special toothpaste that targets tooth sensitivity. While this does not treat the problem, it offers temporary help by blocking the pain.
Fluoride treatment – to help the teeth rebuild its enamel, remineralisation through fluoride treatment is recommended.
Dental scale and clean – often called deep cleaning, this dental treatment is best for the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis. Your dentist cleans the teeth, all the way down to the pockets. The teeth’s surfaces are then planed to make them smooth. Smooth surfaces are not easily attached to by plaque.
Dental bonding – this cosmetic dentistry option is also effective in addressing tooth sensitivity. A tooth coloured material is bonded on the surfaces of the damaged tooth to protect the roots.
Root canal therapy – this is used for infected dental pulp. The dental pulp is removed and replaced with a dental filling. Some cases require a dental crown to reinforce strength. The success rate for root canal treatment is between 85 % – 97 %.
Better Oral Health At Caringbah Dental Care
Don’t let pain stop you from enjoying your meal. With comprehensive dental treatments at Caringbah Dental Care, your tooth sensitivity can be a thing of the past.
Talk to us today!
NO GAP CHILDREN
No gap treatment for all preventive treatments (exam, fluoride and fissure seals) for all children under 16 years covered by health funds with extra/ancillary covers (excludes fillings, extractions and major dental treatments).
Call (02) 9524 7047 or visit us at Shop 3/10-20 Mackay St in Caringbah.