There are many causes for tooth sensitivity. Worn or fractured tooth enamel, cavities, dental erosion due to acidic foods and beverages, an eating disorder or gastric reflux, or gum recession can all be contributing factors or major causes.
If you have sensitive teeth, it’s important to seek dental advice as soon as possible. Dr. H. Michael Long can help you identify the source of your sensitivity and prescribe a proper mode of treatment. Here are some possible treatments that he will recommend:
-Desensitizing toothpaste: With consistent application, this toothpaste can actually block the nerves that cause sensitivity.
-Fluoride: If the cause of your sensitivity is dental erosion, fluoride will help rebuild your lost enamel so that you no longer experience any pain.
-Covering Exposed Roots: Is gum recession the cause of your sensitive teeth? If so, Dr. H. Michael Long may apply a sealant over your exposed roots to protect them.
-Root Canal: If your sensitivity in one tooth is severe and other treatments just aren’t working, your tooth’s pulp at the center of the teeth may be affected. In this case, we may recommend a root canal.
After you’ve received treatment, be aware that your sensitivity may return if you fail to take care of your teeth. That’s why it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Make sure to brush gently and use desensitizing or fluoride toothpaste. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, ask Dr. H. Michael Long about a night guard.
Call H. Michael Long, DDS today for tooth sensitivity treatment in Tullahoma, Tennessee at 931-455-2595. We are happy to help!