Sensitive Teeth Treatment Santa Rosa | Harry Albers DDS

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Sensitive Teeth

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth in Santa Rosa? Dr. Harry Albers and his team will assess the causes of your dental sensitivity so they can prescribe the most effective treatment.

If a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee is sometimes painful or if brushing or flossing makes you wince occasionally, you may have the common problem of sensitive teeth. Some of the causes include tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings and tooth roots that are exposed as a result of aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession and periodontal (gum) disease.

If you have sensitive teeth in Santa Rosa, it means the dentin on your teeth has become eroded and lost its protective covering. As a result, the tubules underneath allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth. This may cause hypersensitivity and occasional discomfort when you chew, drink cold or hot liquids, or when you breathe through your mouth. Touching the teeth with a brush can be painful when the roots are exposed an unprotected.

The dentin on your teeth can be worn down by periodontal disease - an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. If periodontal disease is left untreated, gum tissues can separate from the teeth and form spaces or pockets where bacteria can thrive. Sensitive teeth in Santa Rosa might be a sign that this bacteria has begun to erode the bone and other tooth supporting tissues, leaving the teeth’s root surfaces exposed.
Proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are essential in preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease and other factors that can erode dentin and lead to the pain of sensitive teeth. You should also avoid brushing your teeth incorrectly or too aggressively, which may injure your gums and expose tooth root.

Depending on the cause of your sensitive teeth in Santa Rosa, Dr. Albers or one of his associates may also suggest using desensitizing toothpaste. This toothpaste contains compounds that help block sensation traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications to reduce sensitivity. When choosing toothpaste or any other dental care products, look for those that display the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. This seal is assurance that your products have met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.

If desensitizing toothpaste does not ease your discomfort, we may recommend in-office treatments to treat your sensitive teeth in Santa Rosa. In these cases, fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents is applied to the sensitive areas of your affected teeth. Usually the sensitivity can be treated in a few minutes with desensitizers and followed by a protective fluoride coating.

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