More than 50% of adults experience tooth sensitivity.
If you are encountering tooth sensitivity, a thorough dental examination, with an expressed concern to the tooth or teeth that are sensitive, should be performed by your dentist.
What are the causes of sensitive teeth?
This broken tooth will need a filling or crown. Photo/Alice Chaos
Tooth sensitivity can be a symptom of possible dental decay or a cracked tooth or filling.
Your dentist can guide you to the proper treatment needed to resolve either of these problems. Depending on the severity you can expect the need for a new filling, possibly a crown, and in some extensive cases the need for a root canal or even an extraction.
Receded gum tissue with exposed root surface. Photo/Buergi
Other causes of tooth sensitivity include receded gum tissue with exposure of the root surface or from tooth enamel that is worn.
If wear is severe, a composite (white) filling may need to be placed to physically cover the sensitive area and to further lend support to the strength of the tooth.
For sensitivity that is caused by minor recession or exposed root surface, your dentist may recommend the use of sensitive toothpaste. Sensitive toothpastes are a conservative approach for controlling sensitivity and are a successful treatment for most individuals.
Crest Sensitivite Shield
There are several sensitive toothpastes on the market, with a wide variation in pricing.
Crest Pro-Health Sensitivity Shield Toothpaste offers O.454% stannous fluoride that works as both an anti-cavity and anti-sensitivity agent. It is available in a 6 ounce tube for the SRP of $3.25. This is a great deal compared to such items as Gel-Kam, .4% stannous fluoride, offered in a 4.3 ounce tube for around $9.95.
All Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield products are easy to locate through several local retailers including Wal-mart, Shopko, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.