All About Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental problems. About one out of eight people experience the sometimes painful tingling that's frustrating, distracting, and simply uncomfortable. For some people, it can be so uncomfortable that they might alter their diet and avoid certain foods. If you, too, are suffering from tooth sensitivity, take a look at some of the facts below and speak to your dentist about your treatment options.

How Tooth Sensitivity Starts

Sensitive teeth are usually the result of weakened tooth enamel or root exposure. Root exposure is usually the result of receding gums or gum disease, two additional causes of tooth sensitivity. However, sensitivity can also be caused by a dental procedure, such as crown placement or replacement and tooth filling. Bruxism (tooth grinding), teeth clenching, hard brushing, teeth whitening methods, and consuming acidic foods (soft drinks, coffee, etc.) are all causes of sensitive teeth, as well. Moreover, harsh whitening methods, grinding and/or clenching, sinus pressure, consuming too many acidic foods, and loose or broken crowns can also cause sudden tooth sensitivity. But, this sensitivity is usually built up over time and noticeable when eating hot or cold foods or when exposed to cold weather. Hot or cold exposure can cause a tingling or ‘chill’ in your teeth that’s both painful and uncomfortable.

How Tooth Sensitivity is Treated

Tooth sensitivity can be initially treated with special dental gels. That said, if you regularly experience tooth sensitivity, you should visit any top dental clinic Edmonton, Alberta has to offer, such as Bennett Dental. Using X-rays and expert analysis, we will be able to confirm that tooth sensitivity is truly the problem. A dentist will also be able to determine if this problem is topical or deeper. Topical sensitivity generally results from over using or using harsh teeth whitening products or over-consuming acidic food and drink. Deeper sensitivity is usually the result of teeth grinding or clenching or loose or broken crowns or fillings. While topical and deep sensitivity can both be treated with special gels, toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouthwashes, the causes of deep sensitivity may also require treatment. For example, a broken or loose crown will need to be repaired or replaced. Receding gums or gum disease will also have to be treated along with tooth sensitivity.

When You Should Call a Dentist

Intermittent tooth sensitivity isn’t a major problem that prompts emergency care. However, sensitivity that is consistent and hinders your ability to eat or speak should be promptly treated. Prompt care should especially be considered when regular sensitivity is accompanied by sharp pain. In some cases, sensitivity accompanied by pain is indicative of a tooth infection, break, or decay. Prolonged sensitivity can also cause tooth decay or cracking. If your tooth is cracked or decayed, removal or cleaning and sealing could cure any sensitivity. Seeing a dentist immediately after noticing tooth sensitivity could also prevent further decay or cracking and the worsening of gum disease.

Do you have sensitive teeth? Book an appointment with our dental team to explore your options today!