In our previous two posts we talked about tooth sensitivity and about the causes of gum recession. In this post we will discuss the treatments for tooth sensitivity.
The Treatment for Tooth Sensitivity Depends on The Cause
Provided that the tooth sensitivity is caused by gum recession (and not a cavity or other issue as discussed in our last post), there are a number of treatment options. It’s important to understand that discomfort from gum recession can vary from person to person, and so a treatment that works for one person, might not be effective for another person.
Option 1: Desensitizer
One of the first lines of treatment that we use for tooth sensitivity is desensitizing gel. We apply this gel in the office to the affected tooth or teeth, and it works to coat the exposed part of the tooth that’s causing the sensitivity. You can think of this approach as similar to putting a protective layer of wax on a car.
Option 2: White Filling
If desensitizing gel isn’t effective, we can often place a small white filling (composite) over the area of the sensitivity. Whereas desensitizer will help protect the tooth from the air and the cold, a filing in the tooth can do a better job in covering the area in question.
Of course, the disadvantage of adding a filling is that we do need to do some minimal drilling of the tooth, and you must make sure you have very good home care around the area of the filling. If the area isn’t kept clean, more recession may occur.
Option 3: Gum Graft
In some instances, we will elect to perform a periodontal procedure called a “gum graft” or “gingival graft”. In this procedure a small area of gum tissue from one area of your mouth is grafted and used to cover up the area(s) where you have recession.
As you can see, there are treatment options available, so you don’t have to suffer with tooth sensitivity! Call us today so you can start enjoying cold foods again!