Dentist Questions Tooth sensitivity

What are the natural ways to deal with tooth sensitivity?

I am a 32 year old woman and I am 5 months pregnant. I am having a lot of tooth sensitivity and according to the doctor I may need a root canal. However, I don’t want to take any chances currently due to my pregnancy. What are the natural ways to treat tooth sensitivity so that I can manage this until my delivery?

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Tough call. If you know which tooth it is and pain lasts for a minute or more, wakes you up from sleep, you should get the root canal or extraction. You won't get painkillers when you are pregnant; may be better not to wait. Don't know natural ways to treat tooth sensitivity.
Unfortunately I do not know of anything that will decrease the sensitivity of pulpal necrosis outside of treatment (rct or ext). Orag can be harmful. So can the use of long term antibiotics. No treatment can lead to increase if infection and larger consequences. I would see an endoskntist for treatment. There is another means inwhich you remove the nerve, place calcium hydroxide in the canal and temporize. It is not the best option but better than alternatives. Hope this helps.
If you in fact need a root canal, it usually isn't best to wait. The insuring infection may even be worse for your baby than the treatment. I suggest you have your dentist and OB speak to you to find the best treatment and timing.
Emergency dental treatment can be done in the 2nd and 3rd trimester if the pain worsens. Other than that, you can try to use Sensodyne toothpaste to help with the sensitivity until it is full blown pain. In such case, an emergency root canal can be done.
The root canal treatment is not a threat to your pregnancy, but the infection is! You need professional help.
You can try anbesol or a sens toothpaste. If you need a root canal, there really isn't anything to replace that. If you start having a lot of pain, it's best to have it taken care of because the stress of the pain is not good for the baby either.
There is no real need to wait till the end of your pregnancy if you have an active tooth infection. You should treat it now in the second trimester. Just have the Dr. limit the X-rays and ask for two lead aprons, if X-rays are needed. If the tooth needs a root canal, you can have a pulpotomy to alleviate symptoms. It is worse to let it go and run the risk of an abscess and potentially needing an extraction and/or antibiotics.

If your sensitivity is not due to pathology (for example, a tooth that is becoming infected), you could try using toothpaste for sensitive teeth, which takes about three weeks to become noticeably effective. But otherwise, if it's possibly a tooth becoming diseased and needing a root canal, there are no natural remedies to this problem - it must be treated to go away. If you start using the TP for sensitive teeth, and the problem persists, you should see your dentist and avoid a terrible emergency when you're going through childbirth.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I understand that being an expecting mom shifts your priorities, making your baby's health the number one of your concerns. If you were diagnosed with a tooth in need of a root canal, the problem should be addressed as soon as possible. If your tooth presents with an infection, hence the need of a root canal, leaving it untreated could cause some serious problems to your health. Considering that you are on your second trimester, I recommend a consultation with your dentist to determine the source of your sensitivity and treat it properly. I wish all the best.
You can try using Sensodyne paste for brushing and when your teeth get sensitive you could use a little bit of paste and rub it on your teeth and leave it there. Antler great product remin paste which may work for you as well

Alternatively there are desensitizing agents that can be used in Dental practices and usually they would carry one or more of those

If your sensitivity is getting worse and you experienced prolonged painful periods it is likely it's not sensitivity but rather and infection which should be followed up on by professional and not left alone which then can compromise your overall health
If you need RCT, you have to do that. Nothing natural can help it, but if you have generally sensitive teeth which is usually due to thin enamel, you can avoid acidic food and use a toothpaste recommended for sensitive teeth. Also, use a soft toothbrush.
Unfortunately until the infection present in your tooth is addressed, the pain and sensitivity will not go away. Your doctor may be able to prescribe antibiotics that could possibly help temporarily, but symptoms typically return upon completion of the medication. Fortunately, with the advances of dentistry and anesthesia, these types of procedures can be safely completed during pregnancy.
If the sensitivity is due to nerve in the tooth an abscess could be starting. If that is the case the tooth will have to be addressed. Your doctor will not want the abscess process to be present during the pregnancy. There are some interim procedures that can suppress the abscess and give you some time before the root canal would have to be done. These will only be able to delay the root canal for a little while. The sequencing of this should be between your dentist and what your doctor feels is best for the baby.
A dietary survey is the most likely procedure that would yield the most Comfort during your trimesters of pregnancy. Cravings are natural during this time but overdoing carbonation and citrus except for vitamins can cause the discomfort you describe. This is of course barring any pathology from Decay or receding gums which would cause sensitive roots and the lining of the roots if they are exposed from overzealous brushing or periodontal disease itself. This last item should have been ruled out earlier in your pregnancy so as to make you more comfortable during the course of pregnancy. Please would come under the headings of preventive Dentistry.
First, dental treatment can be done while you are pregnant, especially if there is an infection like a root canal. But, your gums can be more sensitive just from not brushing well, your gums can become more swollen and irritated from the hormonal changes. Get your teeth cleaned, possible topical fluoride treatment and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.