When the teeth are worn down or gums have receded, exposed areas of the tooth can cause pain and nerve irritation, which affects your eating, drinking, and breathing habits.
Tooth sensitivity may be defined as a short, sharp pain that is usually initiated by eating hot or cold foods or exposure to cold air. Aching often follows. Be sure to clarify exactly what you feel when you discuss the condition with your dentist and tell us what triggers the pain and what alleviates it.
An accurate diagnosis of tooth sensitivity is essential for effective treatment to eliminate pain. As pain symptoms can be similar, some people might think that a tooth is sensitive, when instead, they actually have a cavity or abscess that’s not yet visible. Pain can also be referred pain between adjacent or opposing teeth.
What are your treatment options?
Dentists have a variety of regimens to manage tooth hypersensitivity, including both dental treatments and products for you to use at home. If you are diagnosed with sensitive teeth, your dentist may apply a desensitizing agent or a protective coating. You may also be advised to use a desensitizing toothpaste or gel containing fluoride. The ingredients in these products help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth to the nerve. It also might help to massage the special paste onto your gums with your finger after brushing.
Does it hurt?
There can be some discomfort with different procedures, depending on what is required. Whilst we can’t promise a completely pain free experience, we do our best to talk you through every step along the way and make sure you are comfortable through all treatment. We will ensure that you are completely numb, and stop at any time you need to.
Generally, the treatments above, are fairly uninvasive so discomfort is minimal.
For our patients who are scared or who find it difficult to sit through lengthy treatments, we can offer oral sedation so that they are relaxed on arrival and during treatment.
How much does it cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on the solution that you and your dentist agree is the best option for you. Once we understand the preferred solution then we can discuss the cost and payment options with you.
If you are a member of BUPA or HBF health funds – we are a preferred provider, so you will maximise your benefit when you make a claim for your treatment. Alternatively, if you have a Centrelink income, you may be entitled to government funding to assist with your treatment, under the Country Dental Health Services scheme.
If you haven’t been to our surgery before we are happy to arrange a 15-minute gap free consultation to do a brief examination of your mouth, and discuss treatment options. At your consultation it is likely that the dentist will recommend a full examination and some x-rays for starters to determine fully what your treatment plan should be.