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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Options

Woman holding her jaw in pain due to her sensitive teeth.Tooth sensitivity is the sharp pain you feel when you ingest hot, cold, sweet, or sour food and drinks. You can also feel sharp pain when you breathe in cold air. The pain is usually sharp and sudden, and you feel it deeply in the nerve endings of the affected teeth. At Neu Family Dental, we can help you manage tooth sensitivity using various proven options.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

As long as your teeth remain covered under the toughness of the enamel, you will not feel the effects of food temperature. Healthy teeth prevent tooth sensitivity. Some of the possible causes of tooth sensitivity include:

Hard Brushing

You should brush your teeth properly to remove any leftover food particles, but that does not mean that you brush your teeth too hard. Brushing hard also means using a toothbrush with hard bristles that slowly wear down the enamel, exposing the dentin and causing gum recession. Your teeth roots become sensitive to the elements of extreme food temperatures.

Gum Recession

Periodontal diseases can affect your gums and cause your gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving the roots exposed. The roots can sense sudden changes in temperature and react in the form of tooth sensitivity.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is yet another major cause of tooth sensitivity because of the effect it has on your gums. When you have gum disease, your gums might be inflamed and sore. Gum disease can leave your teeth roots exposed to external elements, and any sudden changes travel from the roots to the nerve endings.


Teeth sensitivity is also a factor of age. Research has found that people between the ages of 25 and 30 are the most affected.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

A broken or cracked tooth leaves room for bacteria from plaque that slowly collects in the tiny opening. The bacteria eat their way into the tooth pulp to cause inflammation. The inflammation exposes the roots of the affected tooth, thus leading to sensitivity.

Teeth Whitening Products

Teeth whitening products remove stains from your teeth, but they also, unfortunately, can remove some of the enamel. That leaves your teeth exposed, hence the sensitivity you feel when you ingest hot or cold substances. We recommend consulting our dentist before using any of these products.

Extensive Use of Mouthwash

Our dentist will guide you on the use of mouthwash, especially because a lot of over-the-counter mouthwash products can worsen the sensitivity of your teeth, especially when your dentin is already exposed. The acids in the mouthwash can damage the dentin, leaving your teeth even more exposed and contributing to further sensitivity.

Effective Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

There are several tooth sensitivity treatment options you can explore so that you can regain control over your life. Here are the most common:

Use a Toothbrush With Soft Bristles

While it seems logical to brush your teeth as strongly as possible, brushing them more vigorously or too hard is destructive to the protective layer of your teeth. Brushing your teeth too hard also affects your gums, causing them to recede. That means that the gum no longer covers the roots of the teeth, and they are left to sense hot or cold substances you put in your mouth.

Use Toothpaste Designed for Sensitive Teeth

A soft brush should also be complemented by toothpaste for sensitive teeth. The relief from these products is usually instant, but their long-term effectiveness takes time to build. Use these products at least twice a day and continually massage the toothpaste in the sore spots of your teeth for even more relief.

Use High Fluoride Treatments

Our dentist understand what works and what becomes detrimental in the long run, especially when you want to use sensitive products like fluoride. Fluoride treatment is a very suitable option for teeth sensitivity because it re-hardens the enamel of your teeth. The enamel resumes its work as the hard, protective outer covering of your teeth, making them less sensitive to hotness or coldness. We recommend visiting our practice to get a fluoride treatment or to get high-fluoride toothpaste, which is only available by prescription.

Prescription fluoride toothpaste comes in treatment courses that last up to three months. Our dentist will show you how to use this type of treatment to enhance the re-hardening of your teeth. You can still opt to buy high-fluoride mouthwash that is available over the counter and make it a part of your routine dental care procedure.

Dental Sealants

If your gum recession is that bad and your teeth roots are significantly exposed, we recommend using dental sealants to create a barrier between the roots of your teeth and the foods that are bound to make them sensitive. Dental sealants are made from material that looks exactly like your teeth, and you do not have to worry about your appearance when you choose this treatment option. The tooth-colored resin is applied to the exposed tooth roots, and the finished products blend seamlessly with your smile. Dental sealants can last between five and ten years.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery or Surgical Gum Crafts

If your gum recession is severe, which usually happens in extreme cases, our dentist will suggest a surgical gum graft option to treat your tooth sensitivity. The procedure involves taking tissue from the roof of your mouth and using it to reconstruct the receded gums. The new tissue covers the roots exposed by gum recession, which resolves your sensitivity problems while also improving the appearance of your gum line.

Root Canal

Some of the treatments mentioned here address the gums and the need to cover the roots of the sensitive tooth. In some cases, they may not work in the long term, and teeth sensitivity can continue. Root canal treatment is a permanent treatment for teeth sensitivity. A root canal is a permanent solution because it removes the sensitive nerves from the tooth, and it will no longer react to hotness or coldness.

Treat Your Root Sensitivity With Us

Do not reduce the quality of your life by enduring tooth sensitivity. There are treatment options that relieve the pain or get rid of it completely. Visit us at Neu Family Dental to discuss tooth sensitivity treatment options. Contact us at (847) 230-9143 to book your appointment today. We know how painful tooth sensitivity can be and want to bring you much-needed relief.

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