What if tooth sensitivity does not go away?

Sensitive teeth can be treated. If sensitivity persists, your dentist will recommend treatment that will depending 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.

A root canal treatment may be needed if tooth sensitivity does not go away. This procedure involves removing the nerve (or remains of) from the tooth roots. Sometimes a crown is placed over a tooth that has just undergone a root canal. This is because the root canal has removed the blood supply from the tooth, so the tooth itself could become brittle and crack with use. Crowns help prevent cracking.

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