If you have sensitive teeth, you’ll know the horrible feeling when you eat certain foods. The sharp pain in your teeth can ruin your enjoyment of treats such as ice cream
Sensitive teeth are no laughing matter, not only are they uncomfortable to live with, they are often a sign that there are issues that need to be addressed with your teeth,
But what causes sensitive teeth? And how can they be treated?
Let’s explore those questions and discuss how sealant can help your sensitive teeth.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth are one of the most common forms of toothache. With this type of toothache, the pain is sharp or shooting rather than a constant ache. The pain will come on whenever you are eating particular types of food. These are usually either very hot or cold, or they could be sweet or spicy.
Sensitive teeth are brought on when the layer of the tooth under the enamel (known as the dentin) or the layer covering the root (known as cementum) is exposed at the gum. This happens when your gums start to recede.
The following are all factors that could bring on sensitivity in your teeth:
- Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush that is too hard
- Tooth grinding
- Gum disease
- Certain dental cleanings can bring on temporary sensitivity
If you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, the best course of action is to visit your dentist at the earliest possible opportunity, before the problem gets any worse.
What is sealant for sensitive teeth?
One of the ways that sensitive teeth can be treated is through the use of sealants. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted into the surfaces of your teeth where food is likely to touch as you chew.
The teeth that this usually go on are the back teeth; the molars and the premolars.
The purpose of a dental sealant is to prevent tooth decay. The sealant will connect to the grooves and dips in your teeth. The sealant forms a shield over the enamel of your teeth, protecting them.
Brushing and flossing can help you to remove any remaining particles of food and plaque from the smooth surfaces of your teeth, however, it is very easy to miss the small nooks towards the back of your mouth where food can lurk.
Sealants can work on protecting these especially vulnerable areas from developing tooth decay. It will do this by sealing the teeth and preventing plaque and food from getting in.
Book your appointment today
If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort in your teeth due to sensitive teeth, then it is essential that you get this addressed.
Our expert dentist is on hand to help you with your sensitive teeth. With a range of treatment options including sealants available, we’ll have you enjoying your favorite foods again in no-time.
Get in touch today to make an appointment with our friendly dentist today. Call Patient Empowered Dentistry at 586-771-6340.