Teeth Sensitivity: Facts one must know

Most of us have had to deal with the aspect of sensitive teeth sometime or the other in our lives. It is a very common phenomenon prevalent among people all across the Globe. Although the magnitude of pain varies in accordance with the cause, one should ensure that sensitive teeth are not neglected and cured at the stages of inception.

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Causes

The primary reasons that may lead to sensitivity involve the following.

  • Incorrect style of brushing can lead to tooth sensitivity as the enamel wears down as a result of rigorous brushing or even due to the use of a hard brush.

  • A Dental implant can lead to sensitivity as a result of excessive pressure exerted on the particular tooth along with the neighbouring ones due to the implant or surgery.

  • The recession of gums occurs when the dentin gets exposed causing sensitivity. This too is a common phenomenon among people.

  • Wearing down of enamel can also happen if a person does not brush regularly. Acid from food accumulates which leads to enamel reduction causing sensitivity.

  • The proliferation of bacteria in the teeth can happen as a result of deposition of food over a period of time. Deposition near the gum margins can lead to the swelling up of gum tissue, a state known as ‘Gingivitis‘.

  • Various dental procedures like a dental implant, replacement of crown, root planning, etc can lead to sensitive teeth as well. It takes a few weeks for normalcy to be restored in the teeth.

  • Using toothpaste that may contain unfavourable chemicals which might cause potential damage to the teeth.

Symptoms

You know there is sensitivity in the teeth when you experience:

  • Hypersensitivity as a result of irritation of the nerves in the teeth

  • Discomfort or pain experienced when subjected to food which is hot or cold in temperature.

  • Difficulty during brushing or flossing as a result of discomfort in the teeth.

  • Discomfort or pain immediately after dental fixing procedures like a dental implant, crown replacement, etc.

  • Considerable difficulty while eating or chewing easily edible food.

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Treatments

Depending on the cause leading to sensitivity, various kind of treatment can be recommended in order to get rid of sensitive teeth

  • Desensitising toothpaste may be recommended by the doctor in order to get rid of sensitivity. Desensitised toothpaste contains a set of favourable compounds that stops the sensation effect from reaching the nerve from the surface of the tooth.

  • Gum tissue erosion can leave roots of the teeth exposed that may lead to sensitivity. In such a case, gum grafting in the form of a surgery may be recommended. Gum grafting refers to the lending of tissue from a particular spot in the gum and placing it at the spot required. This protects the root of the teeth and prevents sensitivity.

  • It is advisable to consume food on a regular basis that has a low level of acids present in it. This will keep the enamel from rapid erosion and also considerably limit the chances of formation of plaque, thus helping in preventing sensitivity.

  • It is advisable that one learns the art of brushing. A soft-bristled brush is recommended and one should not be rigorous and forceful while brushing as it leads to the erosion of the enamel. A mouth guard should be used before grinding of teeth as grinding increases the chances of tooth fracture. Flossing should also be done with care.

  • If nothing works out, then a root canal might be advisable as it is one of the most successful techniques existing in the elimination of teeth sensitivity. In the case of a root canal, the dental pulp is treated in order to minimise sensitivity.

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