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Sensitive Teeth: What Treatments Are Available?

by Melissa Bell
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There seems to be nothing more painful than a toothache. The throbbing and shooting pain is hard to avoid, especially if you can’t get to the dentist. Some dental clinics provide emergency appointments; however, they are expensive and sometimes hard to come by. Even if you don’t have something like a chipped tooth or need a root canal, sensitive teeth are also somewhat painful and limit your activities.

Here are a few things you can try at home for sensitive teeth:

Brushing and Flossing

Displeased Girl Looking At Toothbrush Cleaning Teeth Over Gray Background

When you have sensitive teeth, the last thing you probably want to do is to brush and floss your teeth. However, this is going to be a helpful thing for your painful teeth and gums. Use gentle, soft floss as well as sensitive toothpaste. There are many brands on the market specifically formulated for use when your experience sensitive teeth. Don’t stop brushing for this could cause additional pain and discomfort.

Desensitizing Gels

There are different types of desensitizing gels for adults. This is something that can be used on the gums around the teeth that are sensitive. You will need to keep applying this gel after eating and drinking, and at other times during the day to feel relief. Read the tube directions carefully because some say not to use it for more than so many days a week.

Fluoride Rinse

There are several different brands of fluoride rinses that you can purchase over the counter. A fluoride rinse will help create a barrier for your teeth against things that are making your teeth hurt. You will want to check with your dentist or local water plant to see if your water is already over fluoride. You do not want to use too much fluoride on your teeth and gums, but some will help with sensitive teeth and gums.

If you are still experiencing sensitive and painful teeth and mouth, it may be time to make an appointment with your dentist. The dentist will be able to determine the cause of your sensitive tooth or teeth and gum pain. If it cannot be fixed with over-the-counter or simple remedies, the dentist may use other options.


An exposed tooth root can cause pain and sensitivity. The dentist can use a bonding agent to cover the exposed root which causes a semi-permanent “glue” to cover the exposed area. This is not a long-term solution, but it will help you feel better for a few months. This is a good option if you do not have dental insurance to cover the cost of a root canal.


A dentist can do a gum graft to cover an exposed root. This is a procedure that takes part of your gums in the back area and grafts it onto the exposed area. This is a long and involved procedure and is typically done with anaesthesia for pain. It is a permanent solution to sensitive gums and teeth.

Root Canal

The final option is a full root canal. This is a long procedure as well as expensive.

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