If you have extra sensitive teeth that are typically reactive to cold or hot food, acidic beverages and other strong flavored food and beverage, your dentist might just suggest a desensitization. Tooth desensitization is mainly treating the tooth sensitivity by applying desensitization medication to seal the exposed microscopic pores of root surfaces. These exposed microscopic pores cause sensitivity.
Before a dentist at Braydon Dental Care clinic applies desensitization medication to your teeth, your medical history such as the procedures you have previously done, if you have allergic reactions to medications, etc. The dentist will then run a few tests to rule out other conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and periodontitis. The series of tests will also include your reaction to hot and cold food or beverage and even includes a mild electric stimulation test.
in some cases, patients who go through tooth desensitization enjoy having gotten rid of the sharp pain without any dental crown, fillings or prosthetics. However, in some cases, our dentist may also advise that you have a gum surgery to “repair” and conceal the exposed pores of the gum. While desensitization is mostly non-invasive, the aforementioned is usually suggested to patients who do not experience relief after the use if the desensitization medication. In the same line, tooth desensitization may also be done alongside other dental procedures to lessen the number of procedures and to also alleviate the onset of sensitivity and pain.
One of the known disadvantages of using desensitization medication is that some patients may be allergic to glutardialdehyde and 2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate, 4-META, etc. In rare cases, patients may also become sensitized by merely inhaling the medication. For best results, use of the desensitization medications should be isolated and no contact with the skin or eyes should be made. Remember, tooth desensitization medication should always be used under the supervision of a dentist.