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You enjoy eating ice cream or popsicles, especially in the summer heat, but you have to stop when your teeth start to ache from the cold. Sensitivity in the teeth are a nuisance when you are trying to enjoy a meal. Here at Dr. Higham & Dr. Sauchelli, we want to help our patients enjoy their summer cookouts and time with family without worrying about what they can and cannot eat. With multiple treatments to approach, we hope to alleviate your discomfort with a treatment best suited for you and your teeth. The following choices are ways to desensitize your teeth:

– A crown, inlay, or bonding may be positioned to correct decay or a flaw in the tooth. A certain material is chosen and then placed to either act as or correct the tissue.

– When the gum tissue is lost from the root, surgical gum grafts are used, and this demotes sensitivity while protecting the root.

Desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds to prevent the spread of sensation from the tooth’s exterior to the nerve. This usually requires several treatments before your sensitivity decreases.

– The dentist office uses fluoride gel to strengthen enamel and prevents the sensation transmission to the nerve like the desensitizing toothpaste.

– The last resort to treating tooth sensitivity is a root canal if it is unrelenting. The pulp from your tooth contains nerves and tissues which is removed, cleaned, and sealed. Your dentist may suggest this as a solution if other treatments are unsuccessful.

Seeing your dentist will distinguish which problem is causing sensitivity. Other possible causes may include worn tooth enamel or fillings, decay (cavities), gum disease, or exposed tooth root.

With the right oral hygiene, preventing sensitive teeth can be done. Call us at 561-746-8095 here in Jupiter, Florida to discuss any questions concerning your dental care. At Dr. Higham & Dr. Sauchelli, we are happy to provide any information related to the care and treatment of your teeth.