If you regularly experience the discomfort of sensitive teeth, dentists in Las Vegas offer in-office treatments that may help to alleviate your pain and lessen your sensitivity. Instead of avoiding your favorite cold drinks like ice water or your favorite hot foods and beverages like chicken noodle soup and hot tea, you can get back to the foods and drinks that you enjoy.
Dental practices can provide you with a fluoride treatment during a check-up or as a separate visit. A fluoride treatment reduces sensitivity by strengthening the enamel of your teeth. Weak or thin spots in the enamel allow hot, cold and sweet foods and drinks to irritate your tooth’s nerve. When the enamel is thicker and stronger, you may have less sensitivity. A fluoride treatment only takes a few minutes and can be done every six months on adult or pediatric teeth.
Bonding is another technique that your dentist can use to treat sensitive teeth. Dental bonding is a procedure in which a synthetic resin is applied to exposed roots of your teeth. This is especially helpful if you have areas of receded gums. During the bonding procedure, your dentist might give you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth while the resin is applied.
If you have only one sensitive tooth, but its level of sensitivity is severe, your dentist might recommend a root canal. A root canal procedure involves the dentist drilling to the dental pulp where your tooth’s nerve is located. A special medication and filler is put into the pulp so that you no longer feel any pain or sensitivity in that tooth. After a root canal procedure, your tooth will need a crown in order to structurally support it. You may select a porcelain, fused metal or gold crown to cover your tooth.