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Solving the "Sensitive Teeth" Problem
Sensitivity can be caused by a number of different situations, such as eating ice cream, drinking hot coffee or brushing your teeth.  It may also mean that you have hypersensitive (excessively sensitive) teeth.  We can help determine the cause and rule out any underlying dental problems such as a cavity, tooth grinding, a degenerating nerve, a fractured tooth or toothbrush abrasion.
Hypersensitivity is common and usually results when the dentin, the tooth layer under enamel, is exposed.  Microscopic tubules found in dentin are then open to such irritations as heat, cold or acidic foods.  Overzealous brushing or constant tooth grinding thins the enamel and may be responsible for the excessive sensitivity.
Hypersensitivity usually decreases or disappears later in life as the tubules narrow.  Densensitizing toothpastes contain compounds such as strontium chloride, which seals the dentin tubules or potassium chloride, which appears to block the transmission of pain through the nerves.  These toothpastes are usually used for a limited time and generally require a number of applications before they are effective.  Ask our office about their use.
The dentin tubules can also be covered by sealants (plastic materials that are painted onto the tooth surface) and resins (tooth-colored restorative materials).  Fluoride treatments can also reduce or eliminate sensitivity.
What Are Crowns and Why Are They Used?
A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size.  Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth.
A crown is used to replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining to refill, the teeth need protection from fracturing, fractured teeth need restoring, or to cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.  It may also be used to attach a bridge.
When you have dental crowns, it is especially important to remove plaque by flossing in order to prevent gum disease.
Saliva - Your Mouth's "Water of Life"
Something you may take for granted is your mouth's saliva.  Once you realize its critical role in your health and comfort, you may never take it for granted again.
Saliva is a slightly alkaline secretion from your salivary glands that is 99 percent water.  Saliva's three main functions are protection of tooth structure, lubrication of tissue for speaking, and swallowing food.
Have you ever tried to give a speech when your mouth is dry?  Saliva lubricates the oral tissues which allows smooth speech function. 
Saliva protects your teeth against cavities through its ability to dilute and clear dietary carbohydrates, to neutralize and buffer plaque acids, and to provide ions for remineralization.  Saliva coats your teeth with protective proteins and helps in the breakdown of starches.
Saliva is a natural cavity antidote.  Fluoride and stimulated saliva work together to protect teeth against dental caries.  You can stimulate flow of your saliva immediately after a meal by chewing sugar-free gum or eating hard cheese.
If our mouth is chronically dry, talk to our office.  We can identify possible problems or disorders and take steps to keep your mouth's "water of life" flowing.
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