Posted on January 15, 2018
Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Hot or cold temperatures, sweet or sour foods and drinks, and deep cavities or fillings often trigger this problem. Sensitivity is a common dilemma and an estimated 45 million Americans are victims! If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, sensitivity is also not at all uncommon.
Sensitive teeth normally occur when the enamel on the outside of the tooth wears away exposing the dentin layer of the tooth. The dentin layer is very porous with tubes that run to the nerve center. When exposed, the tubes react to changes in temperature and different foods.
During orthodontic treatment, the discomfort that a patient experiences is due to pressure that is placed on your teeth by the braces. This level of discomfort varies from patient to patient. The sensitivity is not permanent and will only last a few days. At Garcia Orthodontics, we educate our patients on how to reduce this sensitivity to enhance a more pleasant orthodontic treatment experience. However, if you aren’t wearing braces, below are some common causes of tooth sensitivity.
Most Common Causes
How to Eliminate Discomfort
No matter what is causing the problem, a good dental routine is your best bet for enjoying a pain-free day – every day. Over-the-counter toothpaste for sensitive teeth, such as Sensodyne and Colgate’s Sensitive Pro-Relief, can sometimes help treat the condition.
If patients do not experience relief from special toothpaste, more invasive treatments provided by a dental care professional can help. Adding a bonding agent to seal the tooth or grafting new gum tissue in the case of receding gums will improve sensitivity.
If you notice extreme sensitivity it is best to discuss with Dr. Garcia, who can recommend alternative solutions during your treatment, no matter what the cause. At Garcia Orthodontics we are always available for help. All you have to do is ask!