Eating and drinking shouldn't cause you pain of any kind, but for people with sensitive teeth, sitting down to a meal can be quite unpleasant. If you have sensitive teeth and don't want to put up with the pain anymore, here are three things you can do to improve your quality of life.
If you've seen toothpaste for sensitive teeth being sold in stores, you should know that the stuff does actually work. These toothpastes work by effectively blocking the signals that the nerves in your teeth are trying to send to your brain. When damage occurs to your tooth, these nerves can become closer to the surface and the signals they receive from anything cold, hot, or hard touching them is increased. As a result, the feeling is stronger and often considerably painful for the sufferer. Thankfully, these toothpastes can help to reduce that discomfort very quickly.
Keep in mind, however, that it isn't a fix for dental damage. If your teeth are indeed hurting from damage, you need to see a dentist to have your teeth examined, cleaned, and repaired.
Dental veneers are typically used to improve the appearance of one's teeth, but that's not their only use. Since veneers are tightly adhered to the front of your teeth with a dental adhesive, they prevent anything else from directly touching the front of your teeth. If this is where the enamel on your teeth has worn down, it will help to prevent sensitivity while you're eating and drinking. As an added bonus, they will prevent further damage from being done to part of your teeth. However, they can't protect your entire tooth, since the rear of the tooth won't be covered. It's still a good idea to maintain good dental hygiene while also avoiding acidic food and beverages.
If your tooth is badly damaged and that's why it's so sensitive, a dental crown may be what you need. Dental crowns are typically used for teeth that have been heavily drilled due to decay, as there isn't enough of the original tooth structure to be filled. However, that's not their only use. Crowns can also be used as a protective measure to keep further damage from occurring and to reduce discomfort.
Consider what crowns do for your teeth to be like having a veneer on the front and back of your teeth. They cover the entire tooth down to the gum line, so your tooth won't come into contact with anything that you eat or drink anymore. As a result, your discomfort should be reduced dramatically if not completely erased.
If you're tired of having sensitive teeth, it's time to talk to an emergency dentist to get help. Trying to ignore the problem will only provide the opportunity for it to get worse, so don't delay.