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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment: Treatment by your Dentist

Tooth Sensitivty Treatment

You’ve been experiencing tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink hot, sour and particularly cold food items. So is it time to go to the dentist to treat your tooth sensitivity? Of course, it’s always best to see your dentist first to determine the cause of your sensitivity to make sure nothing serious is going on. Here is why:

Desensitizing toothpastes won’t help if your sensitivity is caused by cavities

Teeth can become sensitive when they are developing cavities. This type of sensitivity gets worse as the cavity starts to encroach on the tooth nerve. Once the cavity has finally hit the nerve, the sensitivity turns into serious pain. Using a desensitizing toothpaste will have no impact and postponing dental treatment will only result in a toothache! You need to go and have these cavities fixed, which should also help with the sensitivity as well. Your dentist can best determine if the source of your tooth sensitivity is from cavities or root exposure to best guide you in the right direction.

Desensitizing toothpastes may mask symptoms of gum disease

Your teeth can also become sensitive once you develop gum disease. Gum disease makes you lose gum and supporting bones and your tooth roots become exposed and develop sensitivity. Using a desensitizing toothpaste may actually help out with the sensitivity but it does nothing to stop or treat the progression of gum disease. If you continue to avoid the dentist and simply rely on the relief that the toothpaste provides, then the gum disease is continually progressing and becoming worse. This may eventually lead to your teeth loosening and you could end up losing numerous teeth as a result. You should go to the dentist first to identify and treat the gum disease before beginning to rely on desensitizing toothpastes for additional help.

You can build up resistance to desensitizing toothpastes

Using desensitizing toothpastes for short time periods is typically not an issue. However, using them long-term is not as effective. You will typically start to build up some level of resistance to desensitizing toothpastes over time. If you’re younger and have severe tooth sensitivity, you might want to discuss other solutions with your dentist to see what dental treatments may be available to better address your problem over the long run. These treatments will range from fillings and crowns to gum grafts to name a few.

How do dentists treat teeth sensitivity?

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Options

Treatment varies and depends on the actual cause of your tooth sensitivity. Here are some common treatments that dentists can offer you to resolve your tooth sensitivity problem:

Noninvasive treatment

If you have very minor sensitivity, your dentist may elect to treat you with non-invasive treatment methods. One option is to place a desensitizing agent, such as Gluma desensitizer, to help block out teeth nerve receptors. Laser has also shown some effectiveness in helping to reduce tooth sensitivity. Finally, your dentist may prescribe you a desensitizing toothpaste or Fluoride gel to help reduce your tooth sensitivity. Keep in mind that these treatment methods typically provide only temporary relief and only help with mild cases of sensitivity and are not effective for more serious ones.

Placing filings to cover your exposed roots

Fillings Covering Exposed Roots

For less sensitive cases involving exposed roots, treatment typically involves placing a filling on the exposed tooth roots. While effective, most of these fillings typically fall off after a few years, leaving you as sensitivity as you were before receiving treatment. Additionally, be sure to stop brushing hard so that the fillings hold up over time.

Crowns or root canals

If you have more severe tooth sensitivity, or if your teeth have severe damaged, then a filling simply will not do. The better treatment option in these more advanced sensitivity cases is to place a crown, or even a root canal, on these ultra-sensitive teeth. The crown will protect the entire tooth and the root canal will remove the nerve, which is the part of the tooth responsible for pain and sensitivity.

Gum graft

A final option to treating sensitive teeth caused by exposed roots is gum graft surgery. The gum graft is place where you have exposed roots to cover these areas and thus reduce sensitivity. This is actually a complicated and costly surgery and is typically reserved for more serious cases. Nevertheless it can cover the exposed teeth areas without the need to grind down and damage your teeth.

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Tooth Sensitivity Dilemma: Using Desensitizing Toothpastes

Tooth Sensitivity Dilemma: How to Decide on What to do?

How to Decide on What to do with Tooth SensitivityTooth Sensitivity Dilemma


So your teeth are sensitive and you’re not sure what to do. Your two basic options are to either go to the dentist or use a desensitizing toothpaste. In order to determine which is the best route for you, answer the following questions:

  1. Have you seen a dentist before to identify the source of your tooth sensitivity?
  2. Have you checked with your dentist to make sure that your tooth sensitivity is not a result of cavities or gum disease?
  3. Was your tooth sensitivity previously diagnosed as sensitivity subsequent to exposed tooth roots or a result of using too much teeth whitening products?

Best to see the Dentist First

If you  answered “no” to any of the above questions, then you need to go and see a dentist first prior to relying on a desensitizing toothpaste. You must determine what the cause of your tooth sensitivity is prior to using a desensitizing toothpaste. If your sensitivity is from anything other than exposed roots or bleaching gels, then it is important that your dentist treats the underlying problem before it gets worse. Sensitivity toothpastes can not fix cavities, replenish gums or remove tartar. Thus, be sure that there’s nothing more serious going on with your mouth before relying too much on these toothpastes.

Candidate for Using Sensitivity Toothpaste

If you answered “yes” to all of the above questions then you’re probably a good candidate for using sensitivity toothpastes. If you have previously consulted with your dentist and have positively identified the source of your tooth sensitivity as gum loss and root exposure, then you’re a good candidate for continual use of a desensitizing toothpaste. Sensodyne is probably the most popular sensitivity toothpaste, but pretty much all other toothpaste manufacturers make some type of a desensitizing toothpaste. Try them to see if one works for you and stick with that one.


Final Thought

It’s always best that you visit the dentist first to identify the source of your tooth sensitivity. While relying a toothpaste may sound a lot easier than going to the dentist, without properly identifying the source of your tooth sensitivity you might be taking a big risk. While desensitizing toothpastes can be quite effective in treating sensitivities originating from exposed tooth roots and bleaching gels, they are powerless in addressing sensitivity caused by cavities or gum disease. Delaying treatment will only worsen these conditions and can result in pain, infection or possibly tooth loss.

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity for the first time, it’s best to go see the dentist to identify the source of your tooth sensitivity. It’s fine if you start using a desensitizing toothpaste right away in case you’re in pain or don’t want to wait until your dental appointment. If you do choose to start using a desensitizing toothpaste right away, be sure to provide your dentist with this information to better assist him or her in diagnosing your problem. Either way, there really is no drawbacks to using a desensitizing toothpaste so long as you seek professional care to determine a definitive cause and solution.

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Tooth Sensitivity Dilemma: Going to the Dentist

Should I Replace All My Silver Fillings: How to Decide?

How to Decide?

Answer the following questions:

  1. Do you firmly believe that you suffer from symptoms of mercury toxicity?
  2. Do you absolutely require having a perfect smile and can’t afford to show any metal when smiling?
  3. Are you prepared to do a crown or root canal should one or two of your teeth end up requiring one after the replacement?
  4. Would you be willing to pay for inlays, onlays and other forms of crowns for the larger silver fillings where a white filling is not a recommended replacement? These may cost up to $1,000 per tooth.
  5. Are your existing silver fillings quite old and most likely due replacement?
  6. You don’t have very sensitive teeth to begin with correct? “no” means your teeth are indeed very sensitive to hot and cold.

If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then you should consider replacing your silver fillings with white ones. If you strongly believe that there are serious health risks associated with having mercury within dental fillings or if you blame them for your health vows then we are not going to dissuade you from having them replaced. We have come across patients that claim their overall health has improved after they replaced their silver fillings with white ones but there is no scientific evidence to support this.

If you  answered “no” to most of the above questions then you are probably better off leaving the silver fillings alone unless one of them is cracked or has a cavity on it.

Final Thought

The main reason we warn against replacing all of your silver fillings replaced with white ones is because of the high level of risks associated with this treatment. There is always the probability of developing sensitivity and pain which could last for months or may lead up to your teeth requiring crowns and root canals. And no one wants that! Keep in mind that there are still billions of people out there living with silver fillings in their mouthed that do just fine. Of course replacing the silver fillings with white ones will eliminate the risks associated with mercury and may improve your smile a bit as well, but first you have to decide if it is worth the risks to you.

The biggest issue with replacing silver fillings with white ones is the possibility of ending up with sensitivity or pain. But this is more likely to occur when larger fillings are being replaced. Replacing small fillings has little to no risks since these filling don’t sit too close to the tooth nerve and you won’t risk undermining your tooth structure either. So if you have a few small silver fillings left in your mouth then replacing them should be safe and easy and you shouldn’t worry yourself too much over the risks and complications.

What is the best approach to having multiple silver fillings replaced with white ones? It is best to talk to your dentist to start planning this accordingly as it is almost always best to replace only a few fillings at a time. This will ensure that you won’t end up with pain or infections on multiple teeth at the same time. Try starting with the smaller fillings and gradually work your way up to the larger and more risky ones. If you do have dental insurance, try and leave some benefits aside for just in case you do end up needing that dreaded root canal after all. You might even want to consider replacing the silver fillings gradually over the course of one to three years if you are not in any rush.

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Should I Replace All My Silver Fillings: Leaving The Fillings Alone