Tooth sensitivity is the sudden discomfort experienced in one or more teeth, usually while eating something hot, cold, or sweet.  Sensitivity is very common, it is estimated that half of the population experiences some form of tooth sensitivity.

Why do my teeth hurt??

Here are some common reasons for experiencing sensitivity:
  • Wear & Tear – This can be from aggressive bushing and/or grinding of the teeth.
  • Decay – Cavities can be especially painful when located near the gums
  • Gum Disease – Also known as gingivitis can cause puffy gums and recession, causing the roots of your teeth to be exposed.
  • Fractures – Even small breaks in the tooth enamel can cause discomfort.
  • Dental Work – Regular maintenance, root planing, fillings & crown placement can cause temporary tooth sensitivity.
Keep in mind, sensitivity is not something that can be cured, but rather managed using some of the tools below:
The number one way to reduce sensitivity is to brush and floss regularly.
In addition to great home care, it is important to maintain your regular continuing care appointments with your hygienist.
The following tools are listed in the order you would use them, from less sensitive to more severe:
  1. Use a sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne regularly.
  2. Your hygienist can also apply an in office fluoride varnish treatment that has been shown to relieve sensitivity for up to 4 months.
  3. The next step in sensitivity treatment is MI Paste which contains calcium & phosphate to help to strengthen and protect the enamel of your teeth.
  4. We offer in office treatment of desensitizer directly to the tooth of concern to relieve sensitivity.
  5. A final treatment option for severe sensitivity is the use of custom fitting mouth trays with the application of UltraEZ which is a desensitizing gel can be used overnight to provide full mouth sensitivity relief.