Teeth can become sensitive for a number of reasons.

The most common ones include:

  • Exposed roots from gum recession
  • A cracked tooth – fractured root
  • Broken fillings, exposing the inside of the tooth
  • Tooth clenching or grinding wearing down the teeth
  • A high filling or other restoration such as a crown
  • A filling that is sitting too close to the pulp chamber
  • Abrasion at the gumline from aggressive brushing

What Are Some of the Treatments for Sensitive Teeth?

Among some of the treatments to help with tooth sensitivity we have available to us at Lumbertown Dental Wellness in North Muskegon, Michigan are:

For mild to occasional sensitivity – using MI Paste, or Fluoride varnish, or even Sensodyne toothpaste may help seal up the outer layer of tubules on the enamel.

For moderate chronic sensitivity – we can bond adhesive resin to seal up the tubules that are exposed. In some cases, we have a “cold laser” that can help seal up the tubules as well.

If it looks like it’s a mechanical reason for the sensitivity such as the bite hitting hard, we can adjust the filling so the opposing tooth isn’t “banging” into it irritating it. In some cases, if the filling is deep and an etchant was used prior to putting a large bonded filling in place, the etchant may have irritated the pulp. Removing the filling and putting a sedative medicinal soft filling in for a while can sometimes calm the tooth down. Making a night guard so the patient isn’t grinding or biting hard can often help.

Making sure no food is impacted under the gum tissue and the patient is using good oral hygiene and minimizing hot or cold drinks and avoiding chewing may also help quiet down a sensitive tooth.

Contact Dr. James R. Donley if you are experiencing sensitive teeth and let us explain some of the potential solutions for you to be comfortable!