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My teeth are so sensitive! What are my treatment options?


Many people would agree that few things are more alarming than noticing that you have a sensitive tooth. Imagine waking up in the morning, having a cup of coffee only to spit it out in pain because you feel a stinging pain as the hot liquid touches one of your pearly whites. Does this sound familiar?

If so, then there may be multiple reasons as to why this is happening. You may have a cavity, fractured tooth, gum disease or worn-down enamel. Whatever the cause is, it's important you see a family dentist sooner rather than later.

He or she will probably ask you when you notice the sensitivity, so pay attention to whether it occurs when you're eating or drinking something cold, hot or brushing.

According to the American Dental Association, you're Raleigh dentist might suggest the following treatment options:

1) Using a desensitizing toothpaste
These assist in blocking the spread of pain sensations from the tooth surface to the nerve. However, keep in mind that you'll have to use this toothpaste for about a month to notice any difference.

2) Applying a fluoride gel
These can be bought in drug stores and work by fortifying tooth enamel. Like desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride gel decreases the circulation of painful sensations.

3) Undergoing a surgical gum graft
The ADA reports that this may be an option if the gum tissue has been destroyed from the root. It will help ensure the root doesn't erode further and will lessen the sensitivity you are experiencing.

4) Performing a root canal
For most dentists, this treatment is typically a last option. However, if nothing else has worked, then a root canal will eliminate the issue you are having related to sensitivity.


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