Dealing with Sensitive Teeth – What Dental Treatments Are Available?

Schedule an appointment with The Dental Anesthesia Center to determine the most effective treatment plan for your tooth sensitivity.

Dealing with sensitive teeth can be a discomforting experience, often causing pain and inconvenience in daily life. Whether triggered by hot or cold temperatures, sweet foods, or even brushing, tooth sensitivity can impact your overall dental health.

Identifying the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is essential to address and manage the issue effectively. If you experience persistent or severe sensitivity, contact The Dental Anesthesia Center to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste: One of the most common and easily accessible treatments for sensitive teeth is desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpaste varieties contain compounds like potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which block the tiny tubules in the dentin, preventing external stimuli from reaching the nerve.
  • Fluoride Treatments: Professional fluoride treatments administered by your dentist can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity. Fluoride helps to remineralize the enamel, making it more resistant to the triggers that cause sensitivity.
  • Dental Sealants: Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the surfaces of teeth. While commonly used to prevent cavities, sealants can also provide a barrier against external stimuli that lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • Gum Grafting: Receding gums can expose the sensitive roots of teeth, leading to increased sensitivity. Gum grafting is a surgical procedure where tissue is taken from another part of the mouth (or donor tissue) and attached to the exposed roots, reducing sensitivity and protecting the roots from further exposure.
  • Root Canal Therapy: A root canal procedure may be recommended in cases of severe sensitivity caused by nerve damage or infection. During this treatment, the dentist removes the infected or damaged pulp, eliminating the source of pain and sensitivity.
  • Dental Crowns: Dental crowns can cover and protect a tooth with a damaged or weakened enamel. This provides structural support and helps reduce sensitivity by preventing direct contact with external stimuli.
  • In-Office Desensitizing Agents: Dentists can apply professional desensitizing agents in the office, which are more concentrated than over-the-counter alternatives. These agents may include fluoride varnishes, gels, or special desensitizing solutions.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Misaligned teeth or malocclusion can contribute to tooth sensitivity. Orthodontic treatments, such as braces or Invisalign, can help correct these issues, reducing pressure on teeth and minimizing sensitivity.

Dental Sedation for Your Treatment

Dental sedation can be a valuable option for individuals seeking treatment for tooth sensitivity, especially for those who may experience anxiety or fear associated with dental procedures. At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we value our patient relationships, prioritizing delivering the gentle dental care you and your family deserve. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere.

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Hoffmann or Dr. Thoms will decide which level is best for you. We look forward to meeting you!

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Updated: February 2, 2024

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