Patients at the Dental Clinic Dubai are constantly posing the question as to why a hot cup of coffee or a cold dessert becomes a painful experience and why brushing and flossing suddenly make them wince. Some experience a tingly feeling, or a pinching of pain affecting all teeth or certain areas of the tooth. The answer to this is sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can occur constantly or intermittently. Intermittent tooth sensitivity can occur with hot or cold food or beverages, or when the cold air hits the teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is caused by the dentin layer of the tooth being exposed in the oral cavity. Most often aging is a contributory factor to tooth sensitivity. As we age, the enamel gets worn out exposing the dentin, causing sensitivity. However, other than aging, there are several other factors that cause tooth sensitivity, such as
- Gum recession and gum diseases
- Tooth decay and cavities close to the gums
- Consuming acidic foods, like soda, which can eat into the enamel and expose the dentin
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Tooth grinding or bruxism
- Brushing teeth too hard, causing enamel loss and dentin exposure.
- Dental treatment such as teeth whitening and bleaching, dental hygiene cleanings, root canals or orthodontics
- Root nerve damage
In some cases, the pain associated with tooth sensitivity is mistaken for root damage.
It’s best to see a see a dentist in Dubai to determine the true nature of the sensitivity. The dentist will use various dental instruments in the area to locate the sensitive tooth. Once the area and the cause is determined your dentist will use a desensitizer. The desensitizer acts as a protective layer and reduce sensitivity, it can also reduce discomfort during dental treatments. This is a common treatment option for sensitive teeth. The dentist may also recommend certain other treatment options to reduce the sensitivity as well.
The treatment options for sensitive teeth may vary for each patient, depending the level of damage.
- Desensitizing toothpaste – The ingredients contained in the his special toothpaste will seal off the microtubules inside the exposed dentin to reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Fluoride gel – These gels strengthen the affected tooth enamel, prevents tooth decay and dental cavities and reduced the hypersensitivity of the teeth.
- Treatment options such as inlay, bonding and dental crowns for tooth decay can prevent tooth sensitivity as well.
- Surgical gum graft – If the gum tissue has been lost from the root, this procedure will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- A Root canal -If the tooth is overly sensitive and cannot be treated by other treatment options, then a root canal procedure may be the best solution to eliminate the problem.
- For low-level sensitivity. A home maintenance program is the best option. Using fluoride rinses, gels and toothpastes can make the tooth less sensitive by creating a protective coating to cover the sensitive tooth surface.
- A soft-bristled toothbrush may help as well.
Sensitive teeth can be treated so you don’t have to suffer in silence.