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
As a dentist, one of the most common problems heard from patients is that of sensitive teeth. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we are committed to help you beat this problem for good, and offer a number of treatment options.
Sensitive teeth can cause serious discomfort for sufferers. The thought of enjoying a piping hot coffee in the morning or a refreshing ice cream treat on a hot summer’s day should fill you with joy, but if you have sensitive teeth the idea can make you balk. Shooting pains when you eat or drink something hot or cold can make you feel miserable, and we urge you not to suffer in silence. Book an appointment with a dentist at our Weybridge clinic and find out how they can help.
There are numerous causes of sensitive teeth. These include:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Deep/large fillings near the nerve of a tooth
- Bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth during sleep)
- Medical conditions, particularly eating disorders or morning sickness
- Poor brushing technique/brushing teeth too hard
By far the most common cause is enamel erosion. Our teeth are covered by a layer of protective enamel, and if this is eroded the more sensitive dentine beneath is exposed, which can lead to sensitivity or pain.
The first thing your dentist will do when you come for a sensitive teeth consultation at our Weybridge practice is to establish the cause of your discomfort. If your teeth are chipped, cracked or worn, they may use white fillings, crowns or other restorations to repair them. If a poor diet or bad brushing technique is to blame, sessions with the hygienist can help.
We also offer laser treatment at our Weybridge clinic, which can be used to desensitise your teeth. Whatever the cause, your dentist will draw up a bespoke treatment plan to banish sensitivity once and for all.
As a dentist, one of the most common complaints heard from patients is that of sensitive teeth. Many of us will experience sensitivity at some point in life. It’s a condition that can leave you feeling miserable, as common treats such as a fresh ice cream on a hot summer’s day or a steaming cup of coffee on a winter’s morning bring not comfort but pain. At Danny De Villiers dental practice in Weybridge, we can help get rid of sensitivity for good.
There are many causes of tooth sensitivity. The first thing your dentist will do when you visit our Weybridge practice is to establish the cause.
What are the common causes of sensitive teeth?
1 Enamel erosion (tooth erosion).
Our teeth are covered by a very strong substance called enamel. This can be eroded by too much sugar or acidic foods in our diet, and once it is lost it will not grow back. Tooth erosion can also occur during pregnancy when morning sickness is a problem, and in patients with eating disorders. What few people know is that it can also be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously. Your dentist may advise you on a more appropriate tooth-brushing technique to preserve remaining enamel.
2 Cracked teeth
If teeth become cracked, the sensitive dentine inside can be exposed, causing pain on contact with hot or cold food and drinks. Your dentist may repair cracks with fillings, composite bonding, veneers or crowns – we have a wide range of options at our Weybridge dental practice.
3 Big fillings near the nerve of your tooth
Very large fillings near the nerve of your tooth can cause sensitivity. Replacing a metal filling with a composite one, or placing an inlay or onlay, may be an option.
This is the term for night-time tooth grinding. Your dentist may prescribe a mouthguard to prevent this problem.