Don’t let tooth sensitivity disrupt your life. If you have sensitive teeth, our dentists at Lake Highlands Dental can help. Tooth sensitivity can arise from a variety of things, and Dr. Lyndel Stripling and Dr. Shawn Nemovi can help identify the cause of your sensitivity and recommend which treatments may be best. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, we welcome you to contact us today at 214-343-9280 and schedule an appointment with us for your sensitive teeth treatment in Dallas, Texas.
Do your teeth hurt when you eat a spoonful of ice cream or take a sip of coffee? If so, you may be suffering from teeth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of things, including tooth decay, worn enamel, exposed roots from gum disease or hard brushing, cracked teeth, or a worn-down filling. On a normal tooth, the outermost layer, the enamel, protects the tooth and helps keep it healthy. Beneath the gum line, a layer of cementum does the same thing with your tooth’s roots. Underneath the enamel and cementum is a layer called dentin, which covers your tooth’s inner canals and nerves.
Dentin in less dense than enamel or cementum, which means it can wear down easily if the enamel or cementum have already been removed. When this happens, the inner canals are more sensitive to foods or drinks that are hot, cold, sticky, or acidic. This hypersensitivity stimulates your nerves and causes pain. If your teeth are sensitive, our dentist will evaluate the cause of your sensitivity and help you know which treatment is right for you. Some of your treatment options may include:
- Desensitizing toothpaste: this type of toothpaste contains a compound that helps block anything that may stimulate sensitivity from contacting your dental nerve. It may take several applications before the toothpaste begins to work.
- Fluoride gel: applied in our dental office, this treatment can help restore damaged enamel and protect the layer of dentin and the nerves underneath.
- Filling, crown, inlay, or bonding: if your tooth is sensitive because of decay, our dentist may recommend one of these restorations. Damaged tooth will be removed and replaced with one of these procedures, thus restoring the protection that enamel would provide.
- Gum graft: if your sensitivity is a result of a receding gum line, you may require a gum graft to replace gum that has deteriorated.
- Root canal: if no other treatments seem to work, our dentist may recommend a root canal treatment to remove the nerves of that tooth, thus eliminating any sensitivity.
If you have any questions about tooth sensitivity or any of our treatments, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.