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Say Goodbye to Sensitive Teeth with Our Help!

April 30, 2024

If biting into a delicious apple or sipping on a steaming cup of coffee brings more pain than pleasure, it's time to visit the office of Torrance Dental Care. As your trusted dental care providers, we'll help you identify the root cause of your discomfort and provide the appropriate treatment to alleviate your symptoms and restore your oral health.

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue affecting millions of adults in the United States. It can range from mild irritation to sharp jolts of pain, and it may affect one or multiple teeth. For some people, this discomfort significantly impacts their daily routines, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages or even alter their breathing habits during cold weather.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

  • Exposed dentin due to gum recession or periodontal disease
  • Wearing down tooth enamel from overly aggressive brushing or teeth grinding habits
  • Chemical erosion of teeth from a diet high in acidic foods and beverages
  • Overuse of teeth whitening agents
  • Health problems such as dry mouth, acid reflux, or eating disorders can also lead to sensitive dentin.

Diagnosing and Treating Sensitive Teeth

The first step in addressing tooth sensitivity is to have your dentist determine the cause of your discomfort. Painful sensations in a tooth can be due to a variety of dental issues, including cavities, cracked teeth, worn fillings, gum recession, thinning enamel, exposed tooth roots, or temporary side effects from recent dental procedures.

Once our dentist has diagnosed you with dentin hypersensitivity, we'll develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. There are several approaches we can take, ranging from in-office treatments to at-home care regimens:

We may recommend incorporating a specialized desensitizing toothpaste into your oral hygiene routine. Desensitizing toothpastes often require multiple applications over time to effectively alleviate discomfort.

If desensitizing toothpaste doesn't provide sufficient relief, alternative therapeutic options are available, such as fluoride gel and other topical desensitizing agents. In more severe cases, advanced dental procedures may be necessary, including:

  • Dental fillings or other restorations to seal off sensitive dentin
  • Surgical gum grafts to cover exposed tooth roots
  • Root canal therapy if dentin hypersensitivity persists despite other interventions.

Take Control of Your Tooth Sensitivity Today!

Don't let sensitive teeth hold you back from enjoying your favorite foods and beverages. We can help! Contact the office of Torrance Dental Care today to schedule an appointment and start on the path towards a more comfortable, pain-free smile.