Teeth Sensitivity Treatment

Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by erosion, which exposes the softer inner core of teeth (dentine). This dentine has thousands of tiny tubules that lead directly to the nerve in your tooth. When these tubules are stimulated by cold, hot, sour or sweet foods or even brushing, you will feel the pain.

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Root Canal

A root canal is a dental procedure that helps save an infected or damaged tooth. It is an option to avoid removing the tooth, and can also help prevent future infections in the same tooth. It is a good idea to follow oral hygiene practices, limit sugar intake and have regular dental check-ups to reduce the likelihood of needing root canal treatment.

A tooth consists of a hard exterior called the crown, and a soft interior with blood vessels and nerves that is referred to as the pulp tissue. When a tooth has irreversible damage to its pulp, it can lead to pain when exposed to hot and cold temperatures or when chewing. The pain can also be constant and throbbing.

Root canal treatment is the process of cleaning, disinfecting and filling the hollow centre of the tooth with a special material. This can be done under local anaesthetic, which numbs the tooth and surrounding gum. A rubber sheet called a dental dam is placed around the infected area to keep saliva and bacteria away from the tooth during the procedure.

After the procedure is completed, the dentist will replace the temporary filling and take x-rays to ensure that no bacteria remain in the tooth. It is normal to experience some discomfort for a few days after the treatment, but this should be manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.

Dental Filling

Dental fillings are used to repair tooth decay and protect the tooth from further damage. Often made from composite resin, silver amalgam or glass ionomer, these teeth fillings offer the advantages of being strong and aesthetically pleasing. Unlike other types of restorative treatment, dental fillings require minimal chair time and allow patients to return to their daily activities promptly.

After the dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and cleans the area, a composite resin is then applied in layers and cured with a special light after each application. To ensure that the composite resin sticks properly to the tooth, it is shaped and trimmed using various tools.

Once the composite resin has been shaped and trimmed, it is then polished to smooth out any rough edges or cracks. The patient is then instructed to brush, floss and use mouthwash daily to maintain the health of their new filling. They should also attend regular dental check-ups to monitor the condition of their fillings and ensure that they are in good shape.

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental treatments and are typically painless. However, after a filling is placed some people will experience sensitivity to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold food which is normal and usually goes away on its own in a few weeks.

Dental Crown

Dental crowns are ceramic caps that can be fitted to an individual tooth. They perform a variety of functions, including providing support for damaged teeth and covering the sensitive underlying dentin layer that can cause sensitivity. The caps also protect the root of the tooth from bacteria and other irritants that can cause infection.

If a crown is not placed, the tooth may eventually break or decay further. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and a host of other problems in the mouth, from a negative impact on diet to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunctions.

There are many different types of crowns, and the best type for your situation will depend on the location of the tooth. For example, back molars need crowns with higher strength than front teeth. These can be made of gold, PFM, or alloy porcelains that provide greater durability. Other options include zirconia and solid ceramic – these are generally preferred for aesthetic reasons.

Before a crown can be fitted, the original tooth will need to be reshaped to accommodate it. This can sometimes cause sensitivity for a few days and it is important to follow the post procedure guidelines outlined below to minimize this.

Gum Graft

Gum grafts repair exposed roots and reduce sensitivity, preventing further gum recession and reducing the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. We use the patient’s own tissue from the roof of the mouth, called the palate, or a cadaver to cover the roots. The procedure requires numbing your mouth with local anesthesia or oral surgery. A graft can last for years.

During the procedure, we create an opening in the gums through which we gently move receding tissues to cover the roots. We then close the entry point. We may also reshape or create small holes to encourage new bone growth in the area and help the graft fuse with the surrounding gum tissue.

The graft tissue covers the roots and stimulates new gum tissue to grow. This process can take several weeks to a month or longer. During this time, we ask patients to eat only soft foods that don’t require much chewing or biting and to rinse the surgical site with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Taking over-the-counter pain medications can control any discomfort.

The simplest type of gum graft, called the connective-tissue graft, uses tissue from the palate. However, we may use a pedicle graft, which is more effective because it doesn’t stop blood flow in any part of the mouth. This technique is best for patients with plenty of gum tissue near the roots.