For part 2 of our look at tooth sensitivity, we'll be looking at some of the causes. Here are a few notables ones:
Since tooth decay results in the loss of enamel and exposes the more sensitive parts of the tooth, it stands to reason that it would make your teeth react to hot/cold and sweet/acidic foods. Having the tooth decay treated will resolve the problem.
Teeth can shift for a number of reasons, including missing teeth, bone loss and thumb-sucking. The surrounding teeth will move to fill the the void in the case of a missing tooth. If your teeth have shifted, it may cause them to hit too soon or too hard when you bite. This can be fixed with bite correction.
Your mouth, gums and teeth can become infected, and some times, extreme sensitivity is a symptom of this. It's important to have this treated right away, as these infections can cause major health problems.
A traumatic event can lead to tooth sensitivity. Sometimes this can mean large things (like cracking a tooth), and other times it can be smaller events like biting down to hard, or having a tooth drilled. This type of sensitivity can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to subside.
Dentin, the layer beneath tooth enamel, is very sensitive, and its exposure to the elements is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. This often happens because of gum recession from gum disease.
We'll look more at dentinal sensitivity in our third post. In the mean time, if you happen to be suffering from mouth pain, don't put off having it checked out. Make an appointment at our office in North Royalton today.