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What Tooth Sensitivity Indicates

What Tooth Sensitivity IndicatesTooth sensitivity is a common condition that can occur in a few ways. Whether sensitivity develops slowly or quickly, it should be addressed with a dental check-up to determine its cause and find a solution. Here is a look at what tooth sensitivity can indicate.

The Meaning of Tooth Sensitivity

When sensitivity occurs, it means that the nerve fibers inside a tooth are being stimulated from outside the tooth. Tooth enamel normally protects dentin, the layer beneath it. Once the dentin becomes exposed, many things may result in pain even though they would not have caused problems before. For example, foods and drinks that are hot, cold, sour or sweet may cause mild aching or sharp pains depending on the condition of the tooth. Biting down may also cause pain, especially if tooth breakage has happened.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

In many cases, sudden tooth sensitivity points to traumatic damage, such as from a cracked tooth. Sensitivity that increases gradually may indicate ongoing erosion from sour foods, tooth decay or acid reflux. Tooth grinding can also slowly result in sensitivity. When gum recession occurs, sensitivity can result if the tooth roots are exposed.

Our dentist offers several options for eliminating tooth sensitivity, including bonding, veneers and crowns. The best treatment for each case will depend on what our dentist finds during a check-up. Depending on the solution used, treatment can also help prevent sensitivity from re-occurring later. Patients can schedule a dental exam at our office to learn more about tooth sensitivity and find out how theirs can be eliminated.


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