No one especially likes the feeling of extreme hot or cold in their mouth. But there are people whose sensitive teeth are so uncomfortable that they struggle to drink coffee or tea or enjoy a scoop of ice cream, without experiencing pain in their teeth and gums. For these people, routine dental healthcare including brushing and flossing can become difficult, which is especially worrisome as teeth decay buildup can exacerbate sensitive teeth problems.
If this sounds familiar, it may be time for a thoughtful, experienced, caring dentist like Dr. Sandhu at Crystal Family Dental Care to survey your teeth and gums, pinpoint the exact reason for why your teeth are so sensitive, and come up with a treatment plan that will get you back to living life to the fullest.
Some of the most common reasons that our patients experience extreme tooth sensitivity include:
- Gum disease
- Broken or damaged fillings
- Broken teeth
- Eroded enamel
- Receding gums
- Exposed tooth roots
Dr. Sandhu pays especially close attention to the health of your teeth enamel, as it works like a natural force field around your teeth and gums, and helps protect them from damage. Without healthy enamel, teeth can become sensitive.
But it’s not just worn-down enamel that may be contributing to your tooth sensitivity.
Inside your mouth, there's also tissue material called cementum, which guards your teeth roots and dentin, which is another thin protective layer over your teeth. When any part of this dental health system begins to fail or wear down, your entire smile may be impacted, and the symptoms include hypersensitivity.
Without a dentist’s intervention, the best way to prevent sensitive teeth and the painful sensations that come with them is to practice routine dental hygiene, including twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing. It is worth the visit to Crystal Family Dental Care simply to talk with Dr. Sandhu about how you care for your teeth, and whether there may be a dental health product or a particular step in your dental care routine that should be amended.
Dr. Sandhu also can determine what type of treatment is best suited to your particular tooth sensitivity problem.
Some of the common elements or steps within a tooth sensitivity treatment plan may include:
- Changing your toothpaste. There are special sensitivity toothpastes that contain protective compounds to help shield your teeth, roots and nerves from the things that can make them uncomfortable.
- Fluoride rinse. Certain mouth washes and gels are specifically designed to target and treat whatever is causing your tooth sensitivity.
- Restorative dental work. If you have damaged or missing teeth, it may be time to consider a crown, inlay or dental bonding to help restore your smile and alleviate your pain and discomfort.
- Endodontic treatment. Also known as a root canal, these procedures address the infected tissue around your teeth in order to promote healing and your body's natural ability to fight infection.
Regardless of what may be causing your tooth sensitivity, this is not a condition that you should have to live with or suffer through. If you live in or near Crystal Lake and are ready to work with a compassionate, experienced dentist to alleviate your tooth sensitivity, please call Crystal Family Dental Care today at 815-893-6345 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandhu. We’re also proud to serve patients living in and around the Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and all other nearby communities.