Can You Receive Cosmetic Dentistry If You Have Sensitive Teeth?

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Cosmetic dentistry is possible, even if you have sensitive teeth

Many people who have sensitive teeth are concerned about receiving cosmetic dentistry. They don’t want the treatment to affect their teeth in a way that increases sensitivity. If your teeth are sensitive, should you be concerned about whether or not cosmetic dentistry is for you?

Before you receive cosmetic dental treatment of any kind—including teeth whitening, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers—your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy. If you’re experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, the cause of it will be identified first.

What Causes Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is common. There are several possible causes. The issues should be addressed before you receive cosmetic dentistry.

  • Exposed dentin – Dentin is the tissue beneath the tooth enamel. If the enamel is worn or decayed, sensitivity and pain can occur. And cold food or drinks, even cold air, can increase sensitivity. There are several factors than can cause enamel to wear away. Acidic foods and drinks, brushing your teeth too vigorously, or grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel.
  • Receding gums – Gum tissue protects tooth roots. When gums recede, the roots are exposed, and this can cause tooth sensitivity. Gum disease, genetics, or hormonal changes can cause gums to recede. Aggressive teeth brushing can also cause gum recession.
  • Trauma – Impact to your face and teeth can cause internal damage to your teeth. A tooth doesn’t have to break or crack for the pulp, or living tissue inside the tooth, to be disturbed. Irritation in a tooth can disturb the nerves and create sensitivity.
  • Teeth clenching or grinding – These habits put pressure on your teeth and can cause sensitivity and pain.

Can You Receive Cosmetic Dentistry?

After the causes of sensitivity in your teeth have been reasonably controlled, you should be able to receive cosmetic dentistry. Depending on what type of cosmetic treatment you receive, if left untreated, the sensitivity in your teeth could increase. If genetics are a factor, your dentist will take that into consideration and tailor your treatment accordingly.

How Can You Help?

  • Replace abrasive toothpaste with toothpaste for sensitive teeth, such as Sensodyne.
  • Avoid aggressive brushing and use a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Let your dentist know if you clench or grind your teeth. A custom nightguard can be made for you to wear to relax your jaw and decrease the pressure in your teeth and jaws.

Cosmetic dentistry can still be an option for getting the smile you’ve always wanted, but take care of your oral health first.

This post is sponsored by accredited cosmetic dentist Mike Malone, D.D.S. in Lafayette, LA.