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If cold or hot foods trigger pain or an odd sensation in your teeth, or if brushing and flossing have become uncomfortable, you may want to talk with our dentists, Drs. Dennis C. Motz, Justin M. Nichols, and Jill E. Paulson about treatment for sensitive teeth. Sensitivity in your teeth is often caused by worn tooth enamel, a crack in a tooth, gum disease, a cavity or an old filling that does not fit in your tooth anymore, or a tooth root that has been exposed. No matter the reason, sensitive teeth may make you less likely to brush and floss, which can lead to further problems. You will need to work with your dentist to find a solution.

If your tooth enamel has been worn down, your dentist may suggest that you brush with a desensitizing toothpaste. You may have to brush with it a few times before you notice a difference, but the toothpaste contains substances that will block the nerves from feeling sensations from your tooth. Your dentist may give you a fluoride treatment to give your remaining tooth enamel a boost. Your dentist may decide to protect the tooth with a crown or replace an old filling. If you are suffering from gum disease or the roots of your tooth have been exposed, you may need a surgical gum graft. In some cases, a root canal may be in order.

If you are dealing with sensitive teeth, if you have another problem, or if you just need to make an appointment for a cleaning and exam, you can reach Prairie Dental Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by calling (605) 335-8640.