What are the causes of tooth sensitivity?
Sensitivity is usually triggered when we consume hot or cold foods or drinks. Teeth can also be sensitive to sweet or sour substances and to pressure. Often, the pain is caused by the exposure of the dentine – the inner substance of the teeth that is covered by the enamel.
There are many ways that the dentine can become exposed, these include: decay or infection, long-term wear, tooth clenching or grinding, cracked teeth, broken or cracked fillings, brushing too hard, using an abrasive toothpaste, and frequently consuming acidic foods and drinks.
Why Dental Specialists Windsor?
We can identify the cause of your sensitivity and offer the necessary advice and treatment to help you overcome your problem.
The recommended treatment/advice will depend on the cause of the problem, here are some possibilities:
- Fluoride varnish can be applied and repeated regularly.
- White filling materials can be bonded to the tooth's surface.
- A mouthguard can made if grinding has been the cause of the exposed dentine.
- In extreme cases the tooth can be root-filled to ‘deaden’ the nerve supply.
- Advice can be given about diet and daily home care routine.
If you suffer from sensitive teeth please get in touch to find out more about how we can help to relieve your discomfort and get you smiling again.
This page was last updated on the 12th of August 2013