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Do I have to live with tooth sensitivity?

dentist Cypress TXPremature gum recession happens to many people; thinning of dental enamel occurs; and wearing down of dentition … all of these conditions can result in tooth sensitivity. Of course, regular visits with your dentist might have alerted you to potential problems before they escalated; but once the problem exists, you just want some relief!

Thinning of dental enamel – unfortunately dental enamel is not replaceable, but loss is preventable. A steady diet of acidic foods and beverages is one of the biggest contributors to enamel erosion. In addition, brushing with a hard bristle tooth brush is a mistake made by many in the belief they are scrubbing away harmful plaque. Fluoride treatments support strong enamel.

Wear and tear – often this is due to teeth grinding. There are symptoms for the patient, but since this is a habit usually started subconsciously during periods of sleep, by the time the patient realizes something is wrong, the damage is ongoing. A solution is a custom fitted mouth guard to be worn at night that will lead to a resolution to teeth grinding preventing further wear.

Plaque build-up – failure to visit your dentist every six months to have plaque removed creates a pathway to decay and/or gum disease. Both of these issues can lead to sensitivity.

A broken tooth – the break or crack can be minor, but exposure to hot or cold can result in a horrible zinging sensation. See your dentist right away as failure to do so might mean more extensive treatment will be needed (root canal).

There are tooth pastes and rinses geared toward helping to relieve tooth sensitivity as well. They work by closing up the tubules that lead to nerve endings. There are many tooth pastes and rinses on the market that can exacerbate the problems with sensitivity; speak with your dentist for advice on what products to avoid.

Regular visits to the dentist will catch many problems before sensitivity occurs; but even the most diligent patient can experience a problem so seek treatment as early as practical if sensitivity occurs.

4 Benefits of Invisalign

teeth straightening CypressCrooked teeth not only impact your smile, but your dental health can suffer as well. Years ago a teeth straightening method was introduced that does not contain metal, is virtually invisible, and delivers an orthodontic correction with many advantages over other traditional treatments … Invisalign clear aligners.

Your Invisalign dentist will provide a comprehensive treatment plan that will include photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions; the time needed to correct your occlusion as well as your financial investment will be presented; and you will learn about all the positive aspects and benefits of Invisalign clear aligners.

  1. Appearance: The aligners are clear. This is an important component for teens, young professionals, and adults of all ages.
  2. Removable: These braces are taken out for meals, snacks, daily oral maintenance, and to engage in contact sports. All your favorite foods remain on the menu; simply remove your aligner and enjoy a meal or snack; replace when done. Brushing and flossing with metal braces can be difficult and cumbersome, but with Invisalign this daily task is done thoroughly and with ease.
  3. Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are strong enough to shift teeth to their correct placement, but without metal and wires to abrade soft oral tissues.
  4. Convenient: Invisalign aligners straighten teeth by replacing the aligners every two weeks. Each aligner has been fabricated utilizing 3-D digital technology; each new aligner advances the teeth straightening process. That is why it is so important to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day.

The time required to achieve your dental correction varies depending on the severity of your malocclusion. The result is a smile makeover that improves your appearance while correcting your bite.

While your new smile is very important to you, correcting your malocclusion helps prevent dental decay and/or gum disease. When teeth are not straight, there are many places for bacteria to grow leading to plaque build-up … the source of many dental problems.

Daily brushing, flossing, and twice yearly visits to the dentist are needed for basic dental care, but you can take it a step further by having your teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners.

To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan. Call 281-609-7377 today to schedule your consultation.