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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
My dentist said I have receding around a tooth that is causing it to be sensitve. I was given a paste to use (it`s been a month) and doesn`t seem to help. Do you have anything else I might try??
Treatment alternatives for tooth sensitivity due to gum recession:
1- We always start with simpler procedure; Prescribing toothpaste with high fluoride concentrations, or fluoride rinses, gels.
2- Soft tissue graft procedure to cover exposed root surface generally works well in solving sensitivity problem, preventing further recession with better esthetic outcome.
3- Varnishing the exposed root surface with special dental materials.
4- If nothing works, and the sensitivity cannot be tolerated, we recommend endodontic treatment. This should be always last option.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University