Teeth that have become sensitive to heat and cold can be a serious cause for concern. Sometimes the cause is simple and benign, in other instances it might be a warning sign of something more serious. It’s a good idea to investigate the underlying cause of the sensitivity to take care of a potential problem before it has a chance to develop into something more serious.
Enamel erosion from a diet high in acidic foods or an untreated eating disorder is one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. While adjusting your diet and lifestyle choices will help reduce the sensitivity, you will still need to address the underlying cause.
The fluoride treatments are a great way to help restore some of the lost strength of your enamel. The fluoride gel is poured into trays and held in your mouth for a short period of time. This can help by increasing the remineralization of the crystalline structures that make up your tooth enamel.
If you have well water you might want to also talk to your dentist about prescription fluoride supplements or toothpaste gels that you can use at home.
You could also try switching to a brand of toothpaste for people with sensitive teeth. Just be sure to select one with added fluoride and that has earned the ADA seal of acceptance. Some brands of antiseptic mouthwash also come with added fluoride.
If it is left untreated, acid erosion can cause teeth to fail or need replacing with crowns. So, you will need to address the behavior that caused the initial enamel erosion.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion please feel free to call us at 973.383.5700 to schedule an appointment.