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Do You Need Medication for Your Sensitive Teeth?

Posted on 1/20/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A man suffering from a sensitive tooth.Do you have sensitive teeth that seem to be getting worse? Have you tried all of your dentist's other recommendations to try and reduce your sensitivity, but haven't had any positive results? You might be in need of medication to correct your issue.

When is Desensitizing Medication Used?

There are a few scenarios in which your dentist might prescribe the use of desensitizing medications for your teeth. Most commonly, this is done when other problems have been ruled out as the potential cause, including pulpitis, tooth decay, and gum disease. If the pain is moderate to severe and other methods to reduce it haven't been successful, medication might be the best course of action.

In addition to normal sensitivity, there are some circumstances where your dentist will apply the medication after a dental procedure. If your dentist had to cut through the dentin layer of your teeth for a restoration, including crowns or fillings, you might have this medication applied before the restoration is put into place in order to help ward off post-op tooth sensitivity.

What Are the Benefits Associated with Desensitizing Medication?

Desensitizing medication is a great option for easing tooth sensitivity, as the procedure is quick and simple. Desensitizing is non-invasive and can lead to permanent relief from tooth sensitivity.

What Are the Risks Associated with These Medications?

These medications are quite safe to use, but there are a few considerations you'll want to keep in mind. You should always avoid contacting the medication with your skin, but since your dentist will be applying it and should isolate the affected tooth, this generally isn't a problem. Always make sure that desensitizing agents are being applied by a dentist.

If you have questions about whether you need medication for your tooth sensitivity, please contact us to set up an exam.
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