Tooth sensitivity is often described as discomfort in multiple teeth when consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic things. Many people experiencing these symptoms will attempt to mitigate discomfort by brushing their teeth with a tooth sensitivity toothpaste.
The potassium nitrate that serves as the active ingredient in these special toothpastes can help reduce tooth sensitivity discomfort. However, it could be masking an undiagnosed dental health problem that could worsen without professional attention.
After assessing the nature and severity of the problem a dentist like Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell can present you with an effective treatment plan.
If they find your symptoms are related to enamel erosion they might recommend a simple fluoride treatment. This can help strengthen your tooth enamel to reduce the impact on the sensitive core structures within each tooth. This treatment plan might also include the use of prescription fluoride supplements to help maintain the strength of your teeth.
If the dentists find any active areas of tooth decay, they will need to treat the cavities before to prevent them from spreading. This treatment plan might involve installing a dental filling or performing a dental crown restoration to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer.
If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you are struggling with chronic tooth sensitivity, we invite you to call 713-529-4364 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Bruce W. Smith, DDS.