Tooth sensitivity affects millions of people all over the world with discomfort ranging from mild to severe when brushing and flossing or eating hot and cold foods. According to the Glen Dental Center in Chicago, you could be suffering from tooth sensitivity if you have:

• Tooth decay
• Broken teeth
• Worn fillings
• Exposed tooth roots
• Worn enamel
• Gum disease

The enamel on your teeth protects the top parts of your teeth with cementum, which is in both the enamel and the dentin.

Because dentin contains hollow canals or tubes and are denser than enamel, it can cause those tubules to become sensitive to acidic, hot, or cold foods. Dentin can also be exposed if you have receding gums.

In most cases, tooth sensitivity can be treated. However, the type of dental treatment depends entirely on what is causing your sensitivity. Some of the things Dr. Jeffrey Gilmor may recommend include:

Toothpaste-Desensitizing toothpaste contains ingredients that help to block nerve-ending sensations on the surfaces of your teeth. This normally takes a few applications before you become less sensitive.

Fluoride Gel-Ask Dr. Gilmor about an in office fluoride gel applications that helps reduce sensitivity while strengthening tooth enamel.

Restoration Replacements-Your old dental restorations could be causing your tooth sensitivity. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Chicago who can replace your old fillings and crowns helping improve or eliminate your sensitivity.

Bonding or Dental Crowns-These types of procedures can correct decay and flaws that have resulted in sensitive teeth.

Gum Grafts-If you have receding gums, you could be mouth sensitive. A surgical gum graft will help protect the roots of your teeth while reducing sensitivity.

Root Canal Therapy-Your dentist in Glenview may recommend root canal therapy if your sensitivity remains persistent.

Over Whitening-Using too much whitening product on your teeth can cause them to become over sensitive. Both over the counter and professional tooth whitening products should be used according to Dr. Gilmor’s instructions.

Of course, brushing twice, flossing once a day and a good healthy diet along with regular checkups with your Glenview dentist will help prevent tooth sensitivity.

If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffry Gilmor who can find the underlying cause of your pain and discomfort. Call or click today.