Tooth Hypersensitivity Treatment in Epping – Your Options Explained!

If you’ve ever experienced a short, sharp, sudden burst of pain when biting into something cold, hot, sugary, or acidic, then you could be suffering from tooth hypersensitivity. Treatment in Epping can vary, but the good news is that the dentists at Lyndarum Family Dentist will work closely with you to find a solution that works best. However, before we dive into the various types of treatment for hypersensitivity in Epping, it’s perhaps a good idea to explain why teeth become sensitive. When a tooth has lost some or much of its enamel, gum recession has exposed the part of the tooth that sits below the gum line, or decay has caused a cavity to form, it often results in the dentin being exposed. Dentin contains many of the tubes or pores that cover the pulp chamber – where the main bulk of the nerves are found. When exposed, these pores or tubes can be stimulated by changes in foods and/or temperature and this is what causes the sudden oral discomfort or hypersensitivity.

Tooth hypersensitivity treatment in Epping

So now you know what causes sensitive teeth, it’s good to know that it can be treated by our dentists. Let’s take a closer look at the range of desensitising treatments available…
Dental fillings
Quite often, extreme tooth sensitivity is the result of having one or more cavities. These are damaged areas located in the hard surfaces of your teeth that develop into tiny holes or openings. Although they start off small, if left untreated they will gradually become larger and may cause problematic tooth sensitivity. A dental filling can be placed in the cavity to protect the dentin, while also helping to retain tooth structure.
Fluoride varnish application
Aside from cavities, one of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is thin or worn enamel. This can be down to a wide variety of reasons including:
  • Hard or excessive brushing – brushing too hard can cause the tooth enamel to wear
  • Using a hard bristle toothbrush – Many people are under the impression that the harder the bristles, the more plaque and bacteria can be removed. This is a myth and in fact, a hard toothbrush can cause more damage to the tooth enamel than a softer brush.
  • Exposure to acid – when teeth are over-exposed to acid it can cause calcium to leach from the tooth enamel, thus weakening it.
  • Teeth grinding – unnatural tooth-on-tooth friction that occurs when people grind their teeth can also cause enamel to wear quicker.
Thankfully, depending on the severity of the problem, an application of fluoride varnish can in many cases be used to re-strengthen any areas of weak enamel.
Dental bonding
This is an inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to halt tooth hypersensitivity. A tooth-coloured resin is applied to the tooth in order to provide a protective barrier.
Tooth Mousse
Finally, tooth mousse can also help to repair tooth damage by replacing minerals lost due to tooth decay.
As you can see, patients shouldn’t have to suffer from sensitive teeth since there are a wide number of treatments on offer. To find out more about tooth hypersensitivity treatment in Epping, contact our Lyndarum Family Dentist today. We’ll listen carefully to your needs and provide the best treatment option for you.