Tooth Sensitivity and Treatments

Do you find yourself in pain from hot and/or cold beverages? Does flossing make your teeth hurt? You may be suffering from tooth sensitivity, which is a very common issue, with about half the population suffering from it at some point. Your teeth are made of a material called dentin, which contains tiny nerve endings. The hard outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel, which protects the dentin and nerve endings from experiencing pain.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

  • Brushing your teeth too hard. If you use too hard of a toothbrush or apply too much pressure while brushing you can damage the protective enamel, causing tooth sensitivity.
  • Eating too many acidic foods. If the protective layer of your teeth becomes worn, acidic food such as tomato products and lemon can cause nerve pain.
  • Grinding your teeth. If you frequently find yourself grinding your teeth, or worry you may grind them while sleeping, you can discuss a mouth guard with your dentist. Chronic grinding wears down enamel exposing nerve endings and causing pain.
  • Using teeth whiteners or whitening toothpaste. Teeth whitening chemicals have been known to cause teeth sensitivity, various toothpaste brands will add the chemicals to their product. If you experience sensitivity after using whitening products, opt for products without the chemicals.
  • Over-using mouthwash. Mouthwash often contains alcohol and other chemicals which can lead to increased tooth sensitivity. Opt for a mouthwash free of alcohol or just stick to routine brushing and flossing regimen.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease can lead to receding gums, exposing the root of your tooth. Treating the underlying cause can cause significant improvement.
  • Excessive plaque buildup in the mouth. When you brush and floss your teeth, you remove plaque buildup. Neglecting to perform routine dental care creates more plaque buildup, less enamel, and more sensitivity.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth. When teeth become damaged the dentin and nerve endings become exposed, hot, cold and various other things can cause extreme tooth sensitivity.
  • Recession of gums. When your gums recede they expose the tooth root and nerve endings, leading to increased tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Sensitivity Dental Care

If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, you’ll be happy to know there are treatments available. Depending on why you are experiencing pain due to teeth sensitivity, we can come up with a plan to ease the discomfort. Here are a few options available for tooth sensitivity treatment:

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste – Desensitizing toothpaste contains chemicals which can block pain in teeth.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride can be applied directly to the areas of sensitivity to help strengthen enamel and protect against nerve pain.
  • Sealing Root Surfaces – If your pain is due to exposed roots, sealing the portion that is exposed can help prevent tooth sensitivity.
  • Mouthguard – If the teeth sensitivity you experience is due to grinding, we may recommend a mouth guard to use while sleeping. We also recommend avoiding teeth grinding during the day.

Tooth sensitivity doesn’t have to be a daily burden, with different diagnostic tools and treatments, we can create a custom dental care treatment just for you. Stop dealing with the pain today and give us a visit!

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

Routine brushing and flossing won’t rid you of severe staining, no matter how hard you try. Stains from trauma, tobacco, aging, food and drinks are simply hard to remove. Therefore, teeth bleaching is a popular cosmetic dental option these days. Most dentists offer some form of teeth whitening to help restore brighter smiles for their patients.

Best Teeth Whitening Method

Teeth bleaching is usually performed in a dental office using teeth whitening trays filled with a professional bleaching agent. However, teeth whitening has come a long way. Zoom Whitening is one of the best teeth whitening methods available. This advanced treatment system involves a unique bleaching agent that is applied to teeth along with an extraordinary light that accelerates the teeth whitening process. The whole teeth bleaching system is completed in about 90 minutes, with noticeable improvement within the first few minutes.

Teeth Whitening Kit

Following the professional Zoom teeth bleaching, patients are given a tooth whitening kit to bring home to maintain results. Each kit is equipped with custom-made trays to continue the teeth whitening process on your own time or to have convenient access to touch-up treatments when needed.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening

The best teeth whitening methods are the professional treatments provided at your dental office. Advanced teeth bleaching agents will improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. You will look healthier, brighter and more youthful. Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are much less effective.

In addition, professional teeth whitening yields instant results. You will experience noticeably whiter teeth within minutes of using the in-office Zoom whitening treatment. During the process, you will actually be able to witness your teeth transforming a few shades lighter.

Teeth Whitening Treatment Process

The teeth whitening process begins with some prep work. First, a protection gel is applied to the patient’s gums to shield the soft tissue from the powerful bleaching agent. Next, the solution is applied to the teeth. Lastly, the special Zoom teeth whitening light is used to further enhance the effect of the teeth bleaching solution.