Lakefront Family Dentistry Prioritizes Patient Comfort
Does sipping on a hot cup of coffee or savoring the last bits of an ice cream cone sometimes feel painful? What about flossing or brushing? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Possible causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Worn fillings
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Worn-down tooth enamel
- Minor to advanced gum disease
- Exposed tooth roots
Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, is a leading cosmetic and family dentist in Riverside County. Known for providing flawless cosmetic treatments and high-quality family care, Dr. Hauser has the experience and compassion to provide unmatched dental services.
He has been helping patients smile brighter for more than 20 years. For advice on preventative care, Contact Lakefront Family Dentistry at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!
In a healthy set of teeth, a layer of enamel acts as a shield for the crowns; this is the part just above the gum line. The layer underneath the gum line is called the cementum, which protects the root of the tooth. And underneath the cementum and the enamel is dentin.
“Dentin” is less dense than cementum and enamel, and it contains microscopic tubules, which are small, hollow canals. When dentin loses its protective covering, its enamel or cementum, these tubules allow hot and cold, or sticky and acidic, foods to reach the cells and nerves inside the tooth.
A receding gum line also can expose dentin, which can result in hypersensitivity.
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
If you just can’t enjoy your favorite foods due to sensitive teeth or gums, we have a solution. The right treatment will depend on the cause of the sensitivity. Dr. Hauser may suggest one of a number of treatments, including:
- Desensitizing toothpaste
- Fluoride gel
- Crowns or bonding
- Surgical gum graft
- Root canal
Desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds that block neurotransmitters in the teeth, preventing any pain or discomfort. If this sounds like the right approach, be prepared to use the toothpaste several times before noticing results, which should become noticeable within about one week.
Fluoride gel is an in-office treatment that strengthens tooth enamel.
Inlays, Crowns or Bonding
These can prevent tooth decay and address the root cause of sensitivity.
Surgical Gum Graft
A surgical gum graft will protect the root and reduce sensitivity if the gum tissue has been lost from the root.
If the sensitivity is severe enough and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend a root canal in order to address or completely eliminate the problem. A root canal can fix and save a tooth with severe decay, preventing the need for extraction.
The key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain is to practice responsible oral hygiene. To learn more about preventative care, ask a Menifee cosmetic dentist about your daily oral-hygiene routine today.
Proper oral care may seem a bit involved, but studies show that a healthy mouth can prevent cardiovascular and cognitive disorders. Your daily regimen should involve:
- Brushing twice per day for at least 2 minutes each time
- Using the proper equipment such as fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Practicing good techniques such as holding your toothbrush at an angle toward the area where the gums and teeth meet
- Keeping the equipment clean
- Knowing when to replace the toothbrush
See a dentist if your gums are:
- Feeling tender, red or swollen
- Bleeding while flossing or brushing
- Pulling away from the teeth
- Causing permanent teeth to become loose
- Persisting bad breath
Consult Lakefront Family Dentistry for All of Your Dental Needs
Lakefront is a private practice, so meeting one-on-one with Dr. Hauser to determine your specific needs will be a piece of cake. In addition to getting comfortable with seeing the same dentist every visit, the office is fully equipped with plush, state-of-the-art furniture and equipment, which should calm your dental anxiety enough to learn about the best options available to you.
Early detection and treatment of dental issues can help ensure a lifetime of good health. So, why wait? Consult Menifee cosmetic dentist Dr. Hauser for advice on how to preserve and protect your teeth. Contact Lakefront Family Dentistry at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!