“You’re hot and you’re cold” are more than some Katy Perry lyrics. If you get a shooting or even dull sensation no matter what you eat or drink— whether it’s hot or cold— you might be suffering from sensitive teeth. If you want to be able to enjoy that scoop of ice cream or drink that cup of coffee without the agonizing pain associated with sensitive teeth, consult your dentist about these three things.
- Desensitizing toothpaste
If you only notice the pain and discomfort associated with hot and cold foods on occasion, you might want to try a simpler approach that visiting your dentist like using desensitizing toothpaste. Available at drugstores and pharmacies, desensitizing toothpaste is designed to block the transmission between the sensation and the nerve, so that you feel like your normal self again.
- Fluoride Gel
Unlike desensitizing toothpaste that can be purchased over the counter, fluoride gel is typically applied by your dentist. As an in-office dental technique, the fluoride gel is placed on the teeth in order to strengthen tooth enamel and lower the sensations caused by foods.
- A Dental Crown
Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by decay or the erosion of enamel due to things like acidic foods or over whitening. If your tooth sensitivity is causing an excess amount of decay, your dentist will likely cover your tooth with a crown in order to prevent the further spread of decay, and help you get back to enjoying your favorite hot and cold foods and drinks.
- Root Canal
Likely as the last result to tooth sensitivity and depending on the severity of the issue, your dentist might recommend a root canal to completely eliminate the problem. Root canals involve completely removing the nerve and replacing it with a substance called gutta percha, so that there is no sensitivity that can resurface.
Suffering from tooth sensitivity is a sure way to ruin a favorite meal. From shooting pain to an overall aching feeling, tooth sensitivity is a nuisance. If you suffer from sensitive teeth and would like to speak with a dentist, contact our office today!