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A very substantial topic to talk about!

We all know how tooth sensitivity could directly affect our lives. You either consciously or subconsciously deprive yourself of the foods or beverages you like. In some extreme cases, even talking could be agonizing!

This blog will give you some insights on how to effectively control tooth sensitivity in a short time.

First and foremost, the most common mistake is that people think it’s like “one size fits all” to control it. Truth is, it’s not.

In fact, tooth sensitivity could have multiple origins. Your dentist is the right person to examine and let you know what’s the cause, but to name a few:

Gum recession: this is one of the major ones. As gum recedes, root surfaces are exposed. Since roots are not protected by enamel, which is the harder shell covering the teeth, sensitivity begins. The cause should be determined first; it could be due to hard brushing, gum disease, habits, piercings, teeth malalignment and so on and so forth. Depending on severity, treatment begins with elimination of the cause and then, therapeutic measures could range from anti-sensitivity gel applications to fillings, gum grafts; etc.
Tooth decay: exposed cavities could cause sensitivity mainly to cold and sweets. Normal fillings are required. In very deep cases, root canal treatment may be necessary.
Grinding and clenching: the reason why grinding and clenching could cause sensitivity is two folds: firstly, it could lead to word down areas of enamel and exposure of softer underlying material which is called dentin. Dentin contains nerve endings, which could initiate sensitivity. Secondly, grinding and clenching could create excessive forces concentrated on specific teeth, and therefore, fire up an inflammatory reaction of the nerves within those teeth. It could often feel as sensitivity. Grinding or clenching are multifactorial in origin, and several modes of treatment are suggested. The easiest one is to wear a night guard to provide some form of protection.
Tooth crack: tooth cracks are very tiny (hairline) in nature and create an opening for bacteria, acids, or any other irritating chemical to penetrate deeply into the tooth. Either filling or crowning could address this problem.
Erosion: erosion is the result of chemical attack on hard tooth surfaces. It’s common in people with fibrous, acidic diets, or people suffering from heartburn (regurgitation). This phenomenon mostly affects the inner surfaces of teeth. A change in diet or visiting a GP could alter the destructive course and chemical means, fillings, or crowns could protect the affected areas.
A newly done high filling or crown: Even a tiny high spot on a recently done filling or crown could trigger a nasty sensitivity to cold or on biting. If sensitivity happens after a filling, ask your dentist to double check, to make sure it is well adjusted. Cleaning and whitening procedures could cause some transient sensitivity as well
Hope this could help you get rid of it ASAP!

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