Always consult a dentist if you are suffering from sensitive teeth – don’t try to diagnose the problem yourself at home. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we are experienced in providing solutions for patients with sensitive teeth that will get rid of the problem once and for all. The first step to achieving a permanent solution is a professional diagnosis.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Tooth sensitivity has many causes. It is important to always consult a dentist because in some cases it can be the first symptom of a more extensive oral health problem. At our Weybridge dental practice we are passionate about preventative dentistry – stopping problems before they start and/or catching them early, negating the need for more extensive intervention at a later date.
The first thing your dentist will do when you come into our Weybridge practice is to establish the root cause of the problem.
Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- Large/deep fillings near the nerve of a tooth
- Cracked teeth
- Bruxism (tooth grinding or clenching)
- A diet that is high in acidic or sugary foods and drinks
- Bad brushing technique – brushing your teeth too hard
- Medical conditions such as eating disorders
- A temporary side-effect of teeth whitening treatment
By far the most common cause of tooth sensitivity, however, is erosion of the tooth enamel. Once your dentist has established the cause, they will come up with a personalised treatment plan designed to rid your of your sensitivity once and for all.
For cases of mild sensitivity, your practitioner may recommend using a soft-bristled brush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is specifically designed to tackle sensitive teeth.
Where more extensive treatment is required, your Weybridgedentist may recommend:
- Fluoride varnish
- Prescription mouth wash
- Composite bonding
- Root canal treatment
- Laser desensitising treatment