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sensitive teeth

Avoiding Your Favorite Drinks

Sharp Pain

Discomfort When Eating

Deteriorating Dental Hygiene

Sensitive teeth should not ruin your day ever again.

A periodontist is a dental specialist with advanced training. Specializing in the diagnosis and management of all diseases affecting the tooth-supporting tissues. This is known scientifically as the periodontal tissues, which simply implies the gums and bone around your teeth.

South African periodontists are unique and considered to be the dermatologists and plastic surgeons of the oral tissues! 

Sensitive teeth should not ruin your day ever again.

A periodontist is a dental specialist with advanced training. Specializing in the diagnosis and management of all diseases affecting the tooth-supporting tissues. This is known scientifically as the periodontal tissues, which simply implies the gums and bone around your teeth.

South African periodontists are unique and considered to be the dermatologists and plastic surgeons of the oral tissues! 

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth Treatment

A sensitive tooth is not always a big problem and can simply be from dietary acid corroding the gum line. At OptiSmile, you’ll learn that this can easily be treated by changing the way you eat or drink certain things and by using a special toothpaste.

If your tooth hurts for 30 seconds or more when you drink something warm or eat ice-cream, it’s quite possible that you have a hole or fracture in a tooth. This could deteriorate if not attended to right away.

Thorough Examination

We`ll check every area of your mouth, teeth and gums to find any underlying causes to your bad breath. A thorough examination will allow us to diagnose the problem and provide you with an accurate treatment plan.

Specialized Products

At OptiSmile we are always on the forefront of the latest dental technology and products to assist our patients. We`ll advise you on special toothpastes, floss and tongue scrapers that are effective and OptiSmile approved. 

Pro Maintenance

Once you scheduled your initial consultation and treatment, it is vital that you see an OptiSmile dentist regularly to help you maintain the highest quality dental health and ensure your results last a lifetime. Invest in your smile!

What causes teeth sensitivity?
Causes of the cementum wearing down.

Acidic Foods

Brushing aggressively

Too much Teeth Whitening

However with extreme sensitivity the more likely causes are those that expose more dentin like:

Tooth Decay

Worn Fillings

Broken/Fractured Teeth

Damaged Teeth

From sensitive teeth to outright missing teeth, due to emergency or decay, find out more about our treatments.

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Broken Teeth

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Time For a Checkup

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Bleeding Gums

Bad Breath

Plaque & Tartar Buildup

It`s Time For a Checkup

Unsightly Teeth

Do you have stained or yellowing teeth? Are your teeth crooked and fighting each other for space?

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In-Chair Treatment

Because extremely sensitive teeth are frequently caused by a more complex dental problem, it’s important to come into OptiSmile and have the issue treated directly in chair. This may involve a crown, fillings or veneers, depending on the problem. If you have gum disease that has progressed to a more advanced stage, you’ll need this treated as well.

If you have lost gum tissue from the root, a surgical gum graft may be recommended to cover the roots so they’re protected again. If you have persistent and severe sensitivity, an x-ray should be taken to determine if a root canal could be the issue, which removes the nerve so it’s no longer there to cause you pain.

Tips to help teeth sensitivity

It’s no surprise that you should avoid hot and cold foods, which could trigger tooth sensitivity. But you should also avoid sweet foods and foods that are very acidic, such as fruit juice, soft drinks, sour sweets, sports drinks, alcohol, and pickles – yes, pickles! The acids in these foods, together with the sugars that turn to acids in your mouth, erode your tooth enamel and make sensitivity worse.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth Treatment

A sensitive tooth is not always a big problem and can simply be from dietary acid corroding the gum line. At OptiSmile, you’ll learn that this can easily be treated by changing the way you eat or drink certain things and by using a special toothpaste.

If your tooth hurts for 30 seconds or more when you drink something warm or eat ice-cream, it’s quite possible that you have a hole or fracture in a tooth. This could deteriorate if not attended to right away.

The part of your teeth that is above the gumline, are covered with a layer of protective enamel, while the roots below your gumline are protected by a material called cementum. Underneath the enamel and cementum is dentin, which is less dense than the protective coverings. The dentin contains microscopic canals called dentin tubules, and when enamel or cementum wears away or becomes damaged, it exposes the dentin. When your gums recede and expose the dentin, the tubules allow fluid to flow into them and are affected by heat and cold when can cause the nerves in the tooth to have sensitivity and pain.

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Why would the enamel or cementum wear away?
  • Consuming too many acidic foods or beverages
  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively
  • Overusing certain tooth-whitening products

>However, with extremely sensitive teeth, the more likely causes are those that expose more dentin, such as:

In-Chair Treatment

Because extremely sensitive teeth are frequently caused by a more complex dental problem, it’s important to come into OptiSmile and have the issue treated directly in chair. This may involve a crown, fillings or veneers, depending on the problem. If you have gum disease that has progressed to a more advanced stage, you’ll need this treated as well. If you have lost gum tissue from the root, a surgical gum graft may be recommended to cover the roots so they’re protected again. If you have persistent and severe sensitivity, an x-ray should be taken to determine if a root canal could be the issue, which removes the nerve so it’s no longer there to cause you pain.

Tips To Help Tooth Sensitivity

It’s no surprise that you should avoid hot and cold foods, which could trigger tooth sensitivity. But you should also avoid sweet foods and foods that are very acidic, such as fruit juice, soft drinks, sour sweets, sports drinks, alcohol, and pickles – yes, pickles! The acids in these foods, together with the sugars that turn to acids in your mouth, erode your tooth enamel and make sensitivity worse.