Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth Treatment, North Vancouver

Does a cold drink or ice cream make you wince? Sugary foods or liquids cause your teeth to ache?

The key to treating tooth sensitivity is covering the micro tubes in the teeth. For erosion we can replace the lost enamel with a filling or crown. For cavities we can remove the decay and replace the lost enamel.

For recession our North Vancouver dental hygienists can place various dental products that can reduce sensitivity and thoroughly clean your teeth to remove irritants. Also we can recommend treatments that will regenerate the lost gum tissue such as a gum graft.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What causes tooth erosion and how does it lead to sensitivity?

    Tooth erosion is the wear of the enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth. When the enamel wears off, exposing the dentin beneath, it reveals microtubes that transmit sensitivity. Causes include improper brushing, acidic environments, or heavy tooth grinding.

  • What is gum recession and how does it cause tooth sensitivity?

    Gum recession occurs when gum tissue recedes, exposing the roots of your teeth which contain microtubes leading to sensitivity. It can be caused by similar factors as tooth erosion, along with genetic factors. Regular cleanings, desensitizing agents, and specific dental procedures like gum grafting can help control it.

  • How do cavities, loose fillings, or crowns contribute to tooth sensitivity?

    Cavities create holes in the enamel, giving direct access to the sensitive dentin. Loose fillings or crowns can also expose dentin or create spaces for bacteria, leading to sensitivity and pain. Early treatment is crucial to prevent severe issues.

  • Can tooth sensitivity be a sign of a more serious dental problem?

    Yes, increased sensitivity, especially when it’s severe or persistent, can indicate deeper issues like cavities or advanced gum disease. It’s important to address these symptoms early to preserve your dental health.

  • What are the best ways to prevent tooth sensitivity?

    Preventing tooth sensitivity involves good oral hygiene, using the correct toothbrushing technique, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, and wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. Regular dental check-ups are also important for early detection and treatment of any issues.

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