Do You Have Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity can range from a mild annoyance to sudden severe pain. Most often triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods, those with the condition may or may not have visible cavities or damage present. That’s why it often takes a dentist to determine the cause. If you’re suffering from pain due to tooth sensitivity, don’t wait any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Causes of tooth sensitivity:
- A recently filled cavity sometimes remains sensitive after your appointment. This is normal soreness from the procedure and typically lasts no more than a day or two. If unusual pain persists, contact us immediately.
- Erosion of tooth enamel. As tooth enamel is worn or chipped away, the layer beneath (called cementum) is exposed. This cementum is much more porous than tooth enamel and thus becomes much more sensitive to changes in temperature
- Gum recession can leave teeth roots exposed. Normally hidden safely below the gumline, this part of the tooth lacks the protective layer of enamel and can become especially sensitive to heat and cold.
- If a tooth is lost and not replaced, one or more teeth may shift positions and end up striking too hard against opposing teeth.
- Clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism) can occur both during the day or subconsciously at night. In either instance, this puts a lot of pressure on teeth and can leave them in a painful, hypersensitive state.
For at-home treatment, try desensitizing toothpaste. Look for brands with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Avoid whitening or tartar-control toothpastes, as these may contain ingredients that contribute to tooth sensitivity.
If sensitivity continues, contact us! We are here to pinpoint the cause and offer solutions.