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Don’t let tooth sensitivity drive you crazy. Find out ways to manage this issue.
You love ice cream but it doesn’t seem to like you back. Or at least it doesn’t seem like it when every time you take a bite your teeth zap and zing in protest. The same seems to go for any hot or cold foods and drinks. If you find that your diet is being dictated by tooth sensitivity, our Greenwich and Stamford, CT, endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer, is here to tell you what might be going on and when you should seek a dentist’s opinion.
Did you know that more than 40 million US adults deal with sensitive teeth at some point during their lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry? If you are one of them then you may be looking for a solution. Here are some of the reasons you might be dealing with tooth sensitivity, to begin with:
- Decay or a cavity
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- A cracked tooth
- Nerve damage
- Eroded or worn enamel
It’s important that if tooth sensitivity hasn’t been checked by our Greenwich and Stamford endodontic specialist that you come in for an evaluation to make sure that it isn’t something like decay, gum disease, or nerve damage, which will require immediate care.
Of course, there are many ways to reduce your tooth sensitivity, both from the comfort of your own home and with our own treatment options. If teeth grinding is causing your tooth sensitivity then we may create a custom nightguard for you to wear while you sleep. This will prevent teeth from grinding together at night, which not only erodes enamel but also contributes to tooth sensitivity.
Fluoride treatment is one of the most common treatment options for reducing tooth sensitivity, as fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel. This treatment can be performed in our office or we may provide you with prescription fluoride treatment to use at home.
There are also things you can do to reduce your tooth sensitivity:
Your diet: Try to avoid extremely cold or hot foods and drinks, whenever possible. While this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy that cup of coffee or a refreshing lemonade, it does mean that you may want to wait until the coffee cools a bit or as for lemonade without the ice. Also, limit acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits.
Your oral care routine: There are a variety of toothpastes out there that can help target sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne®. Make sure to use these products every time you brush in order to see results. Also, while a lot of people turn to whitening products to brighten their smiles this might be something you’ll want to avoid if you have tooth sensitivity. After all, whitening products often exacerbate these symptoms.
If tooth sensitivity is becoming a serious pain, it’s time to turn to us for care. We offer complete and thorough endodontic services in the Stamford and Greenwich, CT, areas. Schedule a consultation with us today and let’s end tooth sensitivity together.
According to Dear Doctor, up to 35 percent of adults in the United States have some kind of dental sensitivity--that is, their teeth hurt when exposed to hot, cold or sugary foods and drinks. Are you one of these sufferers? Endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer, sees a lot of patients with tooth sensitivity in his Greenwich and Stamford, CT, office. As an expert in root canal therapy and the interior anatomy of the tooth, he educates individuals on the causes and solutions of this common problem and also treats it with kindness and skill.
What happens inside a tooth
Your teeth are not just solid blocks of rock-hard enamel. Enamel just represents the outer protective layer that everyone sees when you smile. No, each and every tooth in your mouth is a complex structure. For instance, directly under the enamel is a yellow layer called dentin. It has little tubules which transmit sensations to the tooth's interior pulp. In addition, you have a calcified layer called cementum which coats the surface of the tooth roots.
At the very interior of the tooth, and down each of its roots, is a chamber filled with nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. This soft pulp is the living portion of your tooth, and it can experience pain when injured, uncovered or exposed to pressure or temperature extremes.
Why teeth hurt
So why do our complex teeth become sensitive? The causes, says Dr. Bauer, are many, and include:
- Dental decay
- Deteriorating fillings and crowns
- Chips, cracks and other surface defects due to wear and tear or oral injury
- Acid erosion from too much coffee, soft drinks or acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits
- Exposed roots due to heredity, gum disease or vigorous tooth brushing
- Dental abscess, or infection
- Simple wear and tear
- Thin enamel due to the aging process
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
What can be done in Greenwich and Stamford
Only your dentist can diagnose tooth sensitivity correctly. He will perform a complete oral examination, including dental X-rays, to pinpoint the source of your pain. Also, he will formulate an individualized care plan to address the issue so your smile is as comfortable as possible.
Depending on his findings, Dr. Bauer may recommend:
- Sensitivity toothpaste
- Prescription mouth rinses
- Fluoride varnishes and plastic sealants
- Replacement of old fillings or crowns
- Using composite resin bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns to cover and protect cracked enamel
- Tooth-colored fillings to treat decay
- Root canal therapy to heal dental abscesses
Fortunately, you and your smile are in good hands. Dr. Bauer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. That means he is highly trained in the interior workings of your teeth and knows all about treating dental sensitivity.
So if you have a tooth that is sensitive or painful, please don't hesitate to contact Philip J. Bauer DMD & Associates in Greenwich and Stamford, CT, for an answer to your problem. Call (203) 327-1613 for an appointment.
If you have sensitive teeth, you're not alone. Twelve percent of us have the problem, according to a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dr. Philip Bauer, your Stamford and Greenwich, CT endodontist, explains what causes tooth sensitivity and shares a few tips that can help you deal with the problem.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Sensitivity can occur due to:
- Tooth decay
- An infection or inflammation in the pulp at the center of a tooth
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Erosion of tooth enamel or the cementum that covers tooth roots due to vigorous brushing
- Gum disease
- Acid reflux
- Using abrasive toothpaste
- Eating or drinking acidic foods
Anything that breaks the protective seal provided by your enamel, whether it's tooth decay or brushing too hard, can cause symptoms. Your teeth consist of three layers: the pulp, the dentin and the enamel. When erosion or breaks affect the enamel, tiny tubes in the dentin are exposed. Sensations from hot, cold or sweet foods travel through these tubes to the pulp and are interrupted by your brain as pain. Pain can also occur when you open your mouth and cold air passes over your teeth and when you chew and brush your teeth.
How can I reduce sensitivity?
Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help reduce pain. If it continues, it's a good idea to visit your dentist or endodontist to determine if tooth decay or an infection in your pulp is to blame. A filling or root canal therapy can ease your pain in these cases. Crowns and inlays can help relieve tooth sensitivity caused by cracked or fractured teeth.
If enamel erosion is the cause of sensitivity, your Stamford and Greenwich dentist can offer fluoride gel treatment to help strengthen your enamel. Avoiding acidic foods and using mouthwash that contains enamel-strengthening fluoride can also help.
Your endodontist can help you overcome tooth sensitivity. Call Dr. Bauer, your Stamford and Greenwich, CT endodontist, at (203) 327-1613 to schedule an appointment.