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Can Laser Dentistry Treat My Tooth Sensitivity?

Can Laser Dentistry Treat My Tooth Sensitivity?

If you have sensitive teeth, you may shy away from things like hot or cold foods or drinks, brushing and flossing your teeth, or even going to the dentist, for fear of the pain and general discomfort. Depriving yourself of things you love, though, can make for a less-fulfilled life, and not keeping up with your dental hygiene can lead to a mouthful of cavities, gum disease, and even lost teeth.

Fortunately, Dr. Peter Lee at Today’s Dentistry can help with laser dentistry services at our office located in San Jose, California. The procedures are faster and more precise than older methods, they hurt less, and they can address tooth sensitivity. Here’s the lowdown.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

People with tooth sensitivity generally have a thinner enamel coating than those without. While thinner enamel can be genetically caused, it can also come from:

If your gums are starting to recede from the tooth roots due to age or periodontal disease, it can leave sections of the tooth unprotected, which also leads to sensitivity.

If a particular tooth is decayed, broken, or chipped, or if your fillings or crowns are worn down, the sensitive inner dentin can become exposed, once again leading to sensitivity. In these cases, though, you’ll probably be sensitive in only one specific area, where the damage occurred, rather than feeling a general sensitivity in your mouth.

Certain types of dental work, like having a crown placed or getting your teeth whitened, may leave your mouth temporarily sensitive, but this should subside within a couple of days.

Underlying medical conditions can sometimes also lead to tooth sensitivity. For example, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) causes acid to come up from the stomach and esophagus into the mouth, wearing down the teeth over time. In addition, conditions that cause frequent vomiting (e.g., gastroparesis, bulimia) bring up acid that wears down the enamel.

What is laser dentistry, and how can it treat my tooth sensitivity?

Laser dentistry uses lasers, light energy focused into a narrow beam, to treat a number of different dental conditions. The energy triggers a reaction in both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, which allows it to shape or remove the tissue. Lasers in clinical dental practice became commercially available in 1989.

Laser dentistry provides a more comfortable treatment option for a number of dental procedures when compared with drills and other non-laser tools. Benefits include:

Hard-tissue lasers can reduce tooth sensitivity in a number of ways:

Soft tissue lasers address gum disease, eliminating a source of sensitivity. They’re absorbed through water and hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen, which makes them ideal for reaching gum tissue. When used to treat periodontitis, they also kill bacteria and activate tissue regrowth as they go.

In addition, soft tissue lasers seal blood vessels and nerve endings as they penetrate the tissue, which means you probably won’t experience much pain — or none at all — after a laser treatment. The laser also promotes faster healing of the tissue.

If you’ve got sensitive teeth, it’s time to make an appointment with a dentist who is sensitive to your problems. Call us at 408-412-3820 or schedule an appointment online today. 

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