Do you have one or more sensitive teeth? Is drinking cold drinks or eating cold foods painful for you? Dr. Benjamin Stevens treats tooth sensitivity in his Greenwood, IN dental office. He takes care to examine and diagnose his patients before finding the right solution for their specific oral health needs. Dr. Stevens uses digital images and x-rays to find the source of tooth sensitivity or pain. It is important to address tooth sensitivity as it could be a symptom of a much larger dental issue.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
There are multiple common causes of sensitive teeth:
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Worn tooth enamel
- Fractured teeth
- Worn dental fillings
- Gum disease (periodontitis)
- Exposed tooth root
Please contact our office as soon as possible to treat your toothache or sensitivity.
How to Treat Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can be treated in a variety of ways:
- Desensitizing Toothpaste: Using toothpaste that is formulated with sensitivity in mind helps reduce tooth pain. These types of toothpaste help to block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. Desensitizing toothpaste is the first line of defense against tooth pain or sensitivity. If sensitivity persists, please schedule an appointment in our office.
- Root Canal: Patients who have severe sensitivity may have a dental infection. We will help determine if you require root canal treatment after taking x-rays and examining the teeth and gums. During root canal treatment, the infected pulp is removed from the inside of the affected tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection.
- Dental Crowns, Tooth Bonding, or Dental Fillings: Patients with worn or weakened teeth can benefit from crowns or dental bonding treatment. In addition, if patients undergo treatment like a root canal and need to protect their tooth from further infection, dental fillings can be used to seal out decay. Our white dental fillings blend in with teeth for conservative treatment.
Contact Our Dental Office
If you are a new patient, you may call our office at (317) 886-4512. Current patients can schedule an appointment by calling (317) 888-4044. You may also request a consultation on our website.