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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in Burnaby

Tooth pain caused by hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods is treatable in the office and at home.
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The Signs And Symptoms Of Tooth Sensitivity

To get right to the point, tooth pain happens when the nerves in your teeth become irritated. Normally, our teeth are covered in a protective layer of enamel. On the inside, there is a layer of material called dentin and then the pulp at the core of the tooth which is filled with connective tissue, blood vessels and the nerve of the tooth. If enamel becomes too thin or there’s a breach exposing the dentin, the nerve is no longer protected. Tooth sensitivity is most commonly caused by any number of practices or conditions that erode or damage tooth enamel.

The many ways that tooth enamel can become damaged:
  • Drinking or eating acidic foods and beverages– especially before bed.
  • Skipping routine tooth care including flossing!
  • Brushing aggressively or using a hard toothbrush.
  • Attempting to use professional dental tools at home.
  • Health issues (like bulimia or acid reflux) which expose teeth to stomach acid.
  • Untreated gum disease and gum recession.
  • Damaged, cracked or chipped teeth.
  • Dental cavities (especially if left untreated).
  • Using tobacco products, cannabis products or vaping.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.
  • Overuse of some teeth whitening products.

What can you do about sensitive teeth?

The first and most important step to take after experiencing dental pain or discomfort is to see the dentist. We can rule out other possible underlying causes of your tooth pain and recommend treatments for any damage or decay detected during your appointment. With a formal diagnosis, you can feel confident that you’re moving in the right direction. Let’s break the whole process down:

Figure out the underlying cause

We won’t make any assumptions. During your examination, you will be asked to describe the sensitivity and how often it happens. You may require new Xrays and the dentist will closely examine your teeth and gums. Other diagnostic tests like the tap test or cold test may prove helpful in your diagnosis.

Treatment in the office

Teeth that are damaged or decayed can be treated with a number of restorative options from something as common as a filling to more complex procedures such as crowns. For worn down enamel, you may be able to treat it at home but there are also in-office treatments that may be available. We’ll discuss all of your options with you and you get the final say.

Personalized Advice

As you’ve seen, there are a lot of different potential causes of tooth sensitivity. Upon the completion of a dental exam, your dentist will be able to really narrow it down for you. We can give you tips and tricks tailored specifically to your needs that will continue to strengthen your enamel at home and prevent future tooth decay.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chuck out your toothbrush and pick up one with soft bristles. Brush twice a day with desensitizing toothpaste and take care to gently clean along the gumline. Floss and rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash. Avoid acidic and sweet foods and drinks like coffee, soda, wine, and fruit juice especially before bed. If you catch yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, try practicing mindfulness or other relaxation techniques to give your jaw a break. To stop sensitive teeth pain for good, you will have to see the dentist so we can determine the underlying cause once and for all.
In some cases, improving your dental hygiene game at home can stop tooth sensitivity. When kept clean enough to prevent more erosion and decay, your enamel can actually heal. This process is helped tremendously with fluoride treatment. Fair warning though, dental pain is a natural indicator that something is wrong and it needs to be investigated. If your enamel has become so damaged or decayed that the dentin has become exposed you may be at risk of an infection or abscess.
Indirectly, stress can lead to tooth sensitivity. People who feel extra stressed out often neglect their routine oral care, indulge in sweet or acidic treats, or smoke more. Stress can also cause you to grind or clench your teeth. Sometimes people grind and clench while they’re asleep without even realizing it!
Acids wear down the enamel. Sweet and starchy foods feed the bacteria in your mouth which produces an acidic byproduct that wears down enamel. Hard foods can also wear away your enamel or risk damaging a tooth.
  • Acidic foods: Coffee, wine and other alcohols, fruit juice and fruits (especially citrus!), soda pop, tomatoes, pickles and vinegar.
  • Sweet foods: chocolate, jams and jellies, caramel, sugar, hard candies, ice cream and an extra special second mention for juice and soda!
  • Simple starches: donuts, cake, bread, potato chips, crackers and cookies.
  • Hard foods: chewing on ice, chewing hard candies, chewing foods that may contain a pit or hard kernel such as popcorn, cherries and olives.
  • This doesn’t mean you need to avoid all these foods. Simply practice moderation and routinely clean your teeth, especially before bed.
Remember, you want low-acid, low-sugar drinks, snacks and meals. High fibre foods are excellent for your teeth and so is dairy because it promotes saliva production. Try to eat a nutritious, varied diet with plenty of protein and calcium. Here are some of the foods you can enjoy:
  • Drinks: Water, green tea, black tea.
  • Snacks: Raisins and nuts, celery and carrot sticks, apple slices. Cheese.
  • Supper: Stir-fries, salads, wraps, meat and potatoes with a side of veggies.
  • Dessert: Yogurt, ricotta and berries, apple sauce.

Google Verified Patient Reviews

Arthur Hung
3 weeks ago
Doctor Ken and all staff members were super professional with the works! I haven't visited a dentist in some time, and decided to visit Charm Dental for some long overdue check ups and care. Clinic environment and, once again, staff members were all very warm and comforting. I had my initial assessment and just had my second filling appointment done so far. I would definitely recommend those looking for some dental care to visit this clinic!
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I had an exceptional experience at Charm Dental. From the moment I arrived, their accommodating nature shone through, as they were incredibly understanding even though I was late to my appointment. The team was exceptionally flexible with scheduling, making it easy for me to find a time that worked best for me. Moreover, their dedication to transparency regarding insurance coverage was remarkable. They took the time to thoroughly explain what was covered by my insurance and what expenses I would need to cover out-of-pocket, ensuring there were no surprises. This level of clarity and honesty was truly refreshing. The dentists are absolute experts in their field. They were incredibly informative, taking the time to explain every aspect of my dental care and the procedures I needed. Their professionalism and expertise instilled confidence in me throughout my visit. My experience here exceeded all expectations. Their accommodating nature, transparency, expertise, and modern facility make them a standout choice for dental care. I highly recommend to anyone seeking exceptional dental services in the Brentwood area!
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Vivian Cai
1 month ago
Thank you Dr. Ken and your team for giving me the opportunity to shadow you. As a dental hygiene student, I had a wonderful experience learning from your team. Dr. Ken is professional and knowledgeable. Amber is the best hygienist with skilled and caring. Both are dedicated to and concerned about patients' oral health. All the staff are incredibly kind and supportive. It was my honor to meet your team!
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Shiv Sundar
2 months ago
One of the biggest task of finding a right Dental for your dental need or anything related to health care as well, I am Lucky enough to find Charm Dental in my Neighbour hood.This is my first visit in Canada for Dental need a month ago and i thank my self I choose and made a correct Decision to visit and give it a try. Ambience: The moment you enter the Clinic you feel welcomed with a bright smile in front Desk always happy to help very informative from scheduling your appointment or follow up. Top notch Equipment and highly skilled Professional and great hospitality makes you feel very comfortable. Dr.Ken, You are amazing. Very Kind and highly skilled in his profession, answers all your question with patience and suggest what is right and what is needed. Does not push you to take up unnecessary services unless you need it, and only if you are comfortable and well understood about service you need. Overall I am happy and very confident to suggest this wonderful Team for your Dental needs.I can go on writing good thing i experienced so far, But i wish good luck Charm Dental please keep up the good work ,Thanks Dr.Ken and the Team
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Marlla Lam
3 months ago
My recent visits to Charm Dental are the best experiences at any dental office by far! The office is beautiful and staff are so kind. Everyone in the office is so personable, so it’s easy to feel comfortable. Dr. Ken is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, and so gentle with his work. He really takes his time, and talks you through the process and ensures you’re doing okay. As somebody who has never liked going to the dentist, I’m so happy I’ve found Charm Dental. Dr. Ken and the team are exceptional!
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Arthur Hung
3 weeks ago
Doctor Ken and all staff members were super professional with the works! I haven't visited a dentist in some time, and decided to visit Charm Dental for some long overdue check ups and care. Clinic environment and, once again, staff members were all very warm and comforting. I had my initial assessment and just had my second filling appointment done so far. I would definitely recommend those looking for some dental care to visit this clinic!
More
I had an exceptional experience at Charm Dental. From the moment I arrived, their accommodating nature shone through, as they were incredibly understanding even though I was late to my appointment. The team was exceptionally flexible with scheduling, making it easy for me to find a time that worked best for me. Moreover, their dedication to transparency regarding insurance coverage was remarkable. They took the time to thoroughly explain what was covered by my insurance and what expenses I would need to cover out-of-pocket, ensuring there were no surprises. This level of clarity and honesty was truly refreshing. The dentists are absolute experts in their field. They were incredibly informative, taking the time to explain every aspect of my dental care and the procedures I needed. Their professionalism and expertise instilled confidence in me throughout my visit. My experience here exceeded all expectations. Their accommodating nature, transparency, expertise, and modern facility make them a standout choice for dental care. I highly recommend to anyone seeking exceptional dental services in the Brentwood area!
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Vivian Cai
1 month ago
Thank you Dr. Ken and your team for giving me the opportunity to shadow you. As a dental hygiene student, I had a wonderful experience learning from your team. Dr. Ken is professional and knowledgeable. Amber is the best hygienist with skilled and caring. Both are dedicated to and concerned about patients' oral health. All the staff are incredibly kind and supportive. It was my honor to meet your team!
More
Shiv Sundar
2 months ago
One of the biggest task of finding a right Dental for your dental need or anything related to health care as well, I am Lucky enough to find Charm Dental in my Neighbour hood.This is my first visit in Canada for Dental need a month ago and i thank my self I choose and made a correct Decision to visit and give it a try. Ambience: The moment you enter the Clinic you feel welcomed with a bright smile in front Desk always happy to help very informative from scheduling your appointment or follow up. Top notch Equipment and highly skilled Professional and great hospitality makes you feel very comfortable. Dr.Ken, You are amazing. Very Kind and highly skilled in his profession, answers all your question with patience and suggest what is right and what is needed. Does not push you to take up unnecessary services unless you need it, and only if you are comfortable and well understood about service you need. Overall I am happy and very confident to suggest this wonderful Team for your Dental needs.I can go on writing good thing i experienced so far, But i wish good luck Charm Dental please keep up the good work ,Thanks Dr.Ken and the Team
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Marlla Lam
3 months ago
My recent visits to Charm Dental are the best experiences at any dental office by far! The office is beautiful and staff are so kind. Everyone in the office is so personable, so it’s easy to feel comfortable. Dr. Ken is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, and so gentle with his work. He really takes his time, and talks you through the process and ensures you’re doing okay. As somebody who has never liked going to the dentist, I’m so happy I’ve found Charm Dental. Dr. Ken and the team are exceptional!
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