Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth are a common issue for many people who visit us at Sunshine Boulevard Dental on the Gold Coast.

Tooth sensitivity often presents as a sharp, sudden pain or discomfort in response to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and can affect one or more teeth.
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What is the Cause of Sensitive Teeth?

The primary cause of sensitive teeth is the exposure of the dentin, the layer beneath the tooth enamel. This exposure can occur due to several reasons:

  • Enamel erosion: The enamel can wear down over time due to acidic foods and drinks, aggressive tooth brushing, or teeth grinding, exposing the sensitive dentin. 
  • Gum recession: Gums may recede due to periodontal disease or harsh brushing, leaving the root surface of the tooth exposed, which is not covered by enamel.
  • Tooth decay or broken teeth: Cavities or fractured teeth can expose the dentin or the inner pulp of the tooth, leading to sensitivity.

Dental procedures: Sensitivity can also be a temporary side effect of procedures like teeth cleaning, tooth restoration, or teeth whitening.

Exploring Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

At Sunshine Boulevard Dental, we understand how discomforting sensitive teeth can be. That’s why we offer a variety of treatments tailored to the specific cause and severity of your tooth sensitivity. After a comprehensive teeth examination to determine the root cause of your sensitivity, our experienced dentists will recommend the best-suited treatments for your needs.

Some common treatments for sensitive teeth include:

Desensitising Toothpaste

Special toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth contain compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, reducing sensitivity over time.

Fluoride Treatments

In-office or at-home fluoride treatments can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the transmission of sensations, thereby decreasing sensitivity.

Dental Bonding

If tooth sensitivity is caused by exposed root surfaces, dental bonding can be applied to these areas to protect the exposed dentin and reduce sensitivity.

Gum Grafts

For sensitivity caused by gum recession, a surgical gum graft can restore gum tissue and cover exposed roots, thereby reducing sensitivity.

Root Canal Treatment

If tooth sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, a root canal therapy may be necessary to treat the underlying dental pulp causing the sensitivity.

Customised Mouthguards

For anyone who grind their teeth, customised mouthguards can prevent further wear of enamel and reduce sensitivity.

Beyond these treatments, we also provide guidance on preventive care, such as using a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoiding overly acidic foods, and maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent the recurrence of sensitivity.

Addressing tooth sensitivity promptly not only relieves discomfort but also enhances your overall quality of life. Regular routine dental checkup at Sunshine Boulevard Dental can help in the early detection and management of sensitive teeth, ensuring your long-term oral health and comfort.

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