It’s not uncommon for people to suffer from sensitive teeth to either hot or cold stimuli. This sensitivity usually results in sharp pain whenever a person’s teeth come into contact with food or drinks that are either too hot or too cold, giving them an uncomfortable ache that can make some of your favorite things difficult to enjoy.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of different factors. This may include dental issues such as cavities, however, teeth can also become sensitive for a number of other reasons as well.
In some cases, sensitivity can be caused by teeth that are chipped or cracked, when a person grinds their teeth too much, or when they suffer from acid reflux that can cause erosion to your tooth enamel. A weak enamel gets closer to your dentin, which holds the nerves of the inside of each tooth.
Below, your Newark dentists will look at some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.
Cleanings and Bleaching
It’s also not uncommon for teeth to become more sensitive after a patient undergoes a deep cleaning (scaling) or has had their teeth bleached.
Most of the time, sensitive teeth return to normal after the condition that is causing it has cleared up. However, for those who suffer from chronic tooth sensitivity, it’s best to talk to Dr. Jones, who can recommend a proper treatment plan for you or utilizing a sensitivity toothpaste.
In the case that your sensitivity is being caused by grinding your teeth, the most common solution is to start wearing a mouth guard while sleeping. Then, once you’ve removed this source of stress on your jaw, your sensitivity symptoms should start to go away.
Furthermore, if you find yourself grinding your teeth at night, it could be caused by unnecessary stress in your life. Therefore, it’s a good idea to try to reduce any sources of stress from your life as much as possible.
Another factor that causes sensitive teeth is when a cavity gets deep enough to start affecting the root of the tooth. If the cavity is restored by being drilled out, cleaned and filled, the sensitive usually goes away shortly after the procedure.
However, in more extreme situations, a root canal may be required to address the issue. In this case, the sensitivity that you were feeling could have been caused by an abscess that formed by allowing a cavity to reach too deep inside your tooth.
The goal of your Newark dentists is to provide you with the healthiest and strongest smile possible. If you’re experiencing dental sensitivity, we urge you to give Jones Dental Associates of Irvington a call today at (973) 375-5575.