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If your teeth have become sensitive, you should try brushing them with a toothpaste that reduces sensitivity. There are several on the market. Also, look for products that restore tooth enamel, but ask your dentist before trying them.
American Dental Association answeredSensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest one of a variety of treatments:
- Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
- Fluoride gel. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
- A crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
William M. Litaker, Dentistry, answered
If you suspect tooth sensitivity from tooth erosion, you should first see your dentist. Your dentist can confirm that erosion is causing your sensitivity and offer treatment solutions. Sometimes decay forms in the eroded area and needs treatment with a filling. If the erosion is deep into the tooth, a filling or crown may be necessary. For smaller areas of erosion, toothpastes for sensitive teeth, fluorides, and desensitizing medicines applied by the dentist can help. If the erosion was caused from improper brushing, changing your brushing techniques can prevent further erosion. Erosion from bruxing or clenching can be slowed by wearing a bite guard. Your dentist can best advise you as to how to treat your erosion.