Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Fixes

January 11 2023 by Mills Haven Dental

Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Fixes - Mills Haven Dental

If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely experienced how painful tooth sensitivity can be.

We want to tell you more about tooth sensitivity, also called dentin hypersensitivity, including what causes it and how you can fix it.

What Are the Symptoms?

Tooth Sensitivity Symptoms

Tooth sensitivity is unmistakable. It’s that short, quick, jolt of pain and it’s usually triggered by one or more of the following:

Many people dismiss tooth sensitivity because although it’s a sharp pain, it’s usually over quickly. But tooth sensitivity can be a sign of underlying issues. Even if you think it’s no big deal, inform your dentist so they can discover the cause and make some recommendations.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is usually a result of either 1) your dental enamel wearing down, or 2) your gums receding so much that your tooth root is exposed. However, tooth sensitivity may be the result of bigger issues, like cavities, fractures and damage, or even gum disease.

Enamel wear can be caused by multiple things, including:

What are Possible Treatments?

Your tooth sensitivity doesn’t have to be permanent; there are many ways to control your sensitivity. 

Desensitizing Toothpaste & Mouthwash

A great at-home remedy for sensitive teeth is to use dental products that are specifically geared toward this kind of pain.

Desensitizing products use anti-sensitivity ingredients that help dull the senses in your teeth. This does NOT fix the root cause of the problem, but it can help give you some relief until you find the solution.

Before you pick up any products though, speak to your dentist. They may have a few recommendations. You can also check out the Canadian Dental Association’s recommendations for brands that manage tooth sensitivity. Check out the list here.

Professional Dental Treatments

If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, you’re likely going to need professional treatment. There are many methods for tackling dentin hypersensitivity. Your doctor may recommend:

Do you have tooth sensitivity? Contact the Mills Haven Dental team for relief.