What to Ask Your Dentist About Tooth Sensitivity

What to Ask Your Dentist About Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a painful and frustrating problem. Several things can cause sensitive teeth, but the result is always the same: pain, usually caused by hot, cold, or sugary foods and drinks. For people with extreme sensitivity issues, even breathing in cold air can trigger pain. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to control your symptoms and prevent the problem from becoming worse. At your next appointment, discuss treatment options and be sure to ask your dentist these questions about tooth sensitivity.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitivity occurs when the enamel that covers the surface of your teeth wears down, exposing the dentin underneath. When the dentin is exposed, your nerves are exposed, so hot and cold foods and drinks reach the nerves and trigger a painful response. Enamel can wear away for many different reasons, from tooth decay to receding gums and cracks in the teeth. Your dentist will determine the cause of your enamel loss before deciding on a treatment plan for your symptoms. 

What treatments are available?

Your dentist will likely approach your sensitivity from two angles. He or she will try to alleviate the pain you’re experiencing in the short term while providing treatments that will provide longer-term prevention at the same time. For example, a toothpaste that has ingredients that reduce sensitivity can help you get real-time relief from your symptoms. In the long-term, fillings, root canals, and more frequent dental cleanings are just a few other treatments your dentist may recommend. 

How long does it take tooth sensitivity to improve?

The answer to this question depends on the cause of your symptoms. The good news is that Dr. Carson has several  effective treatments to help people control their symptoms, many of which work almost immediately. After getting your symptoms under control the next step of course is get the root cause of your sensitivity so nothing more serious develops

Let John R. Carson, DDS help you find and treat your tooth sensitivity so you can get the relief you need. Make an appointment at our dentist office in Tucson by calling (520) 514-7203.