Do you have or do you know someone who has sensitive teeth? If your answer is yes, you will have a true appreciation for the content of this page.
What is tooth sensitivity?
It can be defined as a painful reaction in one of more teeth triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks. This pain can be sharp, sudden and shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. Apart from a cavity or a missing filling, the most common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed dentin on the roots of your teeth. Normally, the dentin (the second, more sensitive layer of the tooth) is surrounded and protected by your enamel, cementum (special root covering) and gums. The cause or mechanism of dentinal sensitivity is still not well understood. It is believed that the little tubes that connect the dentin to the nerve or pulp serve as sensory conductors. That sensation may be one of pain. OUCH!!
Causes of exposed root surfaces which may result in dentinal sensitivity:
Other causes of sensitive teeth:
What to do at home:
Ask us what may be used to help reduce sensitivity. Some of the most common treatments are: