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Tooth Sensitivity Relief​​​​​​​
  • By The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • April 8, 2022
  • Teeth sensitivity affects one of eight individuals. It can come with devastating oral pain when drinking or eating anything cold. According to research, the individuals who experience teeth sensitivity are those between 20 and 40 years old, with men being more at risk.

    Having exposed tooth roots or a worn-down enamel plays a significant role in tooth sensitivity. The enamel helps protect your dentine and tooth nerves. Cavities also cause teeth sensitivity and soreness. Cracked and chipped teeth expose nerves to conditions that may cause sudden sensitivity. All these factors can cause discomfort and pain. 

    Visiting your dentist at The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is essential if you start getting pain after eating or drinking cold meals or beverages. Your dentist will help determine the source of the tooth sensitivity to recommend an effective treatment. Below are ways you can stop sensitive teeth pain.


    Desensitizing Toothpaste

    Teeth comprise of three layers—enamel, dentin, and the pulp that contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. When your enamel wears down and exposes your dentin, you experience sensitivity in that tooth.

    Desensitizing toothpaste has active ingredients that block pain signals traveling from the tooth surface to the sensory nerves. You protect the tooth nerves from sensations of heat or cold.

    Relief may not happen immediately. It will take a few weeks for you to experience the benefits of using desensitizing toothpaste.


    Root Canal


    All the factors leading to tooth sensitivity can lead to infection, which will turn into a lot of pain. A root canal may be the best option to treat the problem. Your dentist will begin by numbing the treatment site using a local anesthetic. They will then remove the pulp of the tooth to stop the pain. 

    Your dentist will clean the site to prevent infection. They will also fill the tooth with a different substance and finish by placing a filling or a crown over the treated tooth for protection.


    Surgical Gum Graft

    Tooth sensitivity can be a side effect of receding gums as the underlying teeth roots become exposed. When this happens, you can experience more sensitivity to changes in temperature than when the enamel wears down.

    Gum grafting is a surgery that helps stop the pain from the tooth sensitivity that most patients get once they experience gum recession. Your periodontist performs the procedure using donor tissue taken from a different location to cover the areas of gum recession.

    The procedure takes place in your periodontist's office. You can resume your usual activities after a few days. Your specialist will instruct you on how to take care of the gums post-surgery to help reduce the risk of any complications.



    Fluoride has a lot of benefits for your oral and dental health. Your dentist can apply it topically to remineralize your teeth' enamel. As a result, your teeth become stronger and harder and reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity.

    You may receive fluoride from your mouthwash, toothpaste, or drinking water. However, getting an additional amount from your dentist will help give you more defense from teeth sensitivity.


    Bonding or Desensitizing

    Your dentist uses bonding resin on the exposed teeth root surfaces. They seal up the nerve endings for protection from drinks, foods, and the air you breathe. Doing so reduces pain from sensitive teeth. 

    For more about tooth sensitivity, visit The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at our offices in Destin, Panama City Beach, or Navarre, Florida. You can also call 850-810-0300, 850-810-0600, or ​​​​​850-409-6400 to book an appointment today.

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