If you find yourself with sharp pain or dull tooth discomfort when enjoying ice cream or hot beverages, you may think that you have a cavity. However, symptoms like this can also occur if you have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a common dental concern that affects many of our patients across Omaha. An evaluation is often in order, but if there are no cavities, then you may be diagnosed with sensitive teeth. Here’s what you need to know about this dental issue.
Common Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity
There are a few telltale signs that you may have sensitive teeth. First, if you experience any pain or discomfort when eating or drinking hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks, then you may be dealing with sensitive teeth. Additionally, if you find that the pressure of brushing or flossing your teeth causes discomfort, it could be another sign that your teeth are sensitive. Visible gum recession can also indicate sensitivity because it exposes the roots of your teeth.
If you think you may have sensitive teeth, the best thing to do is to talk to our skilled dentists. We can provide you with a diagnosis and recommend treatment options that can help alleviate your symptoms. This may include the use of a special sensitive toothpaste or mouthwash in addition to paying close attention to any foods and beverages that may cause discomfort.
What Can Be Done About Sensitive Teeth?
There are a few ways our dentists can address sensitive teeth. Depending on the nature of the problem, we may recommend:
- A change in toothpaste: There are many different types of toothpaste on the market, and some are specifically designed for individuals who have sensitive teeth. These kinds of toothpaste work to help block the tiny openings that lead to nerve endings in your teeth, thus reducing sensitivity.
- Fluoride treatments: Fluoride can help to strengthen your tooth enamel, which may help to reduce sensitivity.
- Dental sealants: If your sensitive teeth are due to exposed tooth roots, dental sealants may be recommended. This involves applying a thin plastic coating over the exposed root surface in order to protect it from further damage.
- Mouthwashes: There are a number of different mouthwashes on the market that can help to reduce tooth sensitivity. These work when used regularly and can alleviate common discomfort found with sensitive teeth.
It's important to know that tooth sensitivity can have more serious underlying causes, such as gum recession, tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, and worn-down dental work. In these cases, prompt dental treatment is the only way to effectively relieve your symptoms and prevent your oral health problem from progressing any further. Consult our team for more information.
Make an Appointment Today!
The Dentists of Omaha can help you find relief from tooth sensitivity and improve your quality of life. Book a consultation at one of our modern offices in Hillsborough: 402-445-4647, Village Pointe: 402-505-7474, Ralston Square: 402-733-4441, or Dundee: 402-502-5593.