Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

Do you have sensitivity to hot and cold, sweets or biting and chewing?

Reasons for tooth sensitivity

  1. Cavities
  2. Recession of the gums exposing the roots of the teeth
  3. Cracked tooth
  4. Thinner enamel/ acid wear on the teeth
  5. Pulpitis

What to do?

  1. Tell your dentist and dental hygienist
  • We will ask more probing questions eg. When do you feel the sensitivity? With hot and cold? With sugar? With chewing?
  1. Depending on your answers we may or may not need to take some radiographs
  2. If a cavity is diagnosed than the treatment is to have ‘the cavity filled’
  3. If you have sensitivity to cold and hot. Try a sensitivity toothpaste (Sensodyne, Colgate Sensitive)
  4. If you have localized sensitivity to hot and cold than you can rub a little bit of sensitivity toothpaste on that tooth and root of the tooth. Leave it overnight. It can build up a layer of protection over the tooth decreasing the sensitivity to cold.
  5. If you have recession that is very sensitive a gum graft performed by a periodontist can help to cover the exposed root of the tooth therefore taking away the sensitivity. A consult never hurts.
  6. If pulpitis is discovered this may require antibiotics, a root canal or an extraction of the tooth.

If there are any concerns or questions than please let us know!