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Can Tooth Sensitivity Go Away?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Cooley Smiles Lynwood
Woman speaking with dentist about tooth sensitivity atCooley Smiles in Lynnwood, WAYes, tooth sensitivity can go away, either by itself or after treatment. If tooth sensitivity occurs due to a dental procedure such as surgery, it can go away naturally after a few days. However, if tooth sensitivity is caused by cavities, gum recession, or other dental conditions, it can be treated or managed. Below are the main ways to manage and treat tooth sensitivity.

Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Hard bristle brushes can cause sensitivity, especially on sensitive teeth. To prevent this, use a soft-bristled brush and gentle strokes.

Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by the continuous consumption of acidic foods and drinks. These foods and drinks wear down the enamel, making teeth more sensitive. If you limit citrus fruits, soda, and wine, tooth sensitivity may go away naturally.

Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

There are toothpaste options specifically designed for sensitive teeth. If your dentist finds out that you suffer from chronic sensitivities, they are likely to prescribe desensitizing toothpaste. These usually contain compounds that help block sensations from reaching the nerves in your teeth.

Undergo Gum Grafting

Severe cases of gum recession can cause sensitivity. This happens when the gums start to expose the tooth roots. A gum graft might be needed to protect the exposed roots and prevent further sensitivity.

Get Fillings or Crowns

If your sensitivity is due to decay or a cracked tooth, your dentist might suggest a filling or crown to address the issue. Dental crowns and fillings are fairly regular dental procedures that can permanently address the problem.

Undergo Root Canal

In extreme cases where the sensitivity is due to a tooth infection, a root canal might be necessary. In this type of treatment, your dentist will simply treat the infection in your tooth pulp.

In general, tooth sensitivity can go away. In some cases, all you have to do is give your tooth some time, and it will be okay. In other cases, the tooth might have to undergo various treatments or management sessions as outlined above.

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