A sensitive tooth or root can give you a painful zing just when you least expect it! This issue can be chronic and it seems to affect a large number of adults in America. The good news is that there are solutions when you can determine the cause of this condition. Here are some tips on how to successfully manage root sensitivity.
What Causes Root Discomfort?
There are a number a factors that can contribute to root sensitivity. Here are some of the things that cause root discomfort:
- A broken or decayed filling
- A fractured root or inflamed pulp inside your tooth
- Heavy biting forces
- Brushing or flossing too vigorously
- Gum recession caused by periodontal disease
How Can We Treat Your Condition?
Once we determine the cause of your root or tooth sensitivity, we can select the best treatment procedure. If your tooth is decayed, fractured, or inflamed, root canal therapy may be needed to eliminate the problem and preserve your natural tooth structure.
We can teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques to help reduce gum recession. Using an electric toothbrush can also do a lot of the hard work of brushing for you and ensure that you are achieving the recommended two minutes each time. A night guard or other oral appliance may help to eliminate the pressure from extreme biting forces.
Gum grafting and other periodontal therapies can help to reduce or eliminate the sensitivity and pain cause by gum disease.
Contact Highland Smiles
Your Denver, CO dentist can help you effectively manage root sensitivity with consistent dental checkups and cleanings every six months. We'll screen you for issues that may cause sensitivity and help you treat these conditions early on.
Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment!