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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Solutions

Eating ice cream, drinking coffee, these are things we take for granted if our teeth are not sensitive. However, many Americans suffer from sensitive teeth, making these every day activities painful and unpleasant.

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, but not an untreatable one. There is no reason for you to live your life in pain, afraid to enjoy certain foods, pained by brushing your teeth. Depending on the cause, several options exist to help ease the discomfort associated with sensitive teeth.

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of common problems. Some, like tooth whitening gels, can be avoided by reducing or ceasing the application. Others, like loss of tooth enamel, a cracked tooth, or an exposed tooth root may require intervention by a dentist.

Solutions for Sensitive Teeth


Over the counter solutions may help solve your problem. Using a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth can often help eliminate the discomfort. There are many brands of toothpaste for sensitive teeth. The dentists at Colonial Dental Group can help you determine which one will best work for you.

In some cases, in-office services may be required. Some common procedures to reduce tooth sensitivity include:

  • Enamel strengthening fluoride treatments
  • Bonding and sealing treatments
  • Root canals


Depending on the cause and severity of your tooth sensitivity, these and other solutions may be applied. It is important to have the dentists at Colonial Dental Group asses and help you correct your tooth sensitivity issues.

If you are experiencing a diminished quality of life due to tooth sensitivity and live in or around Chicago, Illinois, please contact us to schedule an appointment. The dentists at Colonial Dental Group will best be able to determine the cause and appropriate solution to solve your problem.

posted by Erica at 7:33 AM

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