Question: How long should one have to live with sensitive teeth?
Answer: Minor amounts of sensitivity can often be controlled with sensitivity toothpastes, fluoride gels or other types of desensitizing agents. However, if the amount of discomfort that you get from this sensitivity is causing you to change your life style or is a constant source of distress, you should address this sensitivity more definitively. First, you should see your dentist to determine the cause of your sensitivity (i.e. exposed root areas, teeth grinding, fracture, cavities, etc.). Second, take note of what causes the sensitivity (i.e. hot, cold, air, sweets, etc.) and its duration (does it linger, or does it go away after the stimulus is removed). Often times your dentist can put a layer of bonding over an exposed root, make you a night guard for grinding, or repair a cavity or minor tooth fracture. If the sensitivity still persists, a more involved treatment may be indicated.