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Coping with Sensitive Roots? Call Your Dentist Right Away

August 17, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Hayoung Kim
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If you have tooth or root sensitivity, it can sometimes be difficult to find relief. What causes this discomfort? Is there anything your dentist can do to help alleviate the sensitivity? Are there things you can do at home to help? Here is the information you need to manage root sensitivity effectively.

Causes Root Sensitivity

There are a number of factors that can cause root sensitivity, and determining the source of yours will help you alleviate it. Some things that can contribute to root sensitivity are:

  • Flossing or brushing too vigorously
  • Tooth decay or a leaky filling
  • Gum recession or periodontal disease
  • Infection or inflammation in the pulp of the tooth
  • Heavy biting forces or a misaligned bite

How to Treat Root Sensitivity

Some of these issues such as tooth decay or an infection in the pulp of the tooth may require a procedure like root canal therapy to eliminate decay or infection and alleviate the pain and sensitivity. Root canal treatment in Toronto can remove infected tissues from within your tooth while preserving your natural tooth structure.

Periodontal disease might be treated with a thorough or deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup that is causing root recession and inflammation. Gum grafting surgery can also help to cover exposed roots and eliminate pain.

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we will also help educate you about proper brushing and flossing techniques so you can protect your gums and soft tissues from the recession. Using an electric toothbrush can also help remove plaque buildup each day, and it will time your brushing to ensure that you are completing the recommended two minutes.

Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental

If you are experiencing tooth or root sensitivity, contact our office today for examination. We'll help you determine the cause so you can move forward with the best treatment for your needs.


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