If your teeth seem particularly sensitive after you brush them or when you consume certain foods or drinks, you’re certainly not in the minority: there are an estimated 35% of the United States population that suffers from some level of dental sensitivity. Although the distinction between sensitivity and pain can be quite blurred, it can be seen that sensitive teeth typically experience irritation in response to stimuli, such as heat, cold, friction, or perhaps the sweetness of specific drinks/foods.
Generally, tooth sensitivity results when dentin or living tissue that forms much of the tooth’s “body,” starts to convey stimuli to nerves deep in the inner center of the tooth. These impulses are relayed by the nerves to the brain, and they are felt as pain.
Dealing With Tooth Sensitivity
If your teeth are only a little sensitive, try to switch to a softer bristled toothbrush and use proper brushing techniques. Your teeth can be sensitive from brushing too hard. When brushing, be sure to always use a toothpaste with fluoride to help maintain and increase the strength of your enamel. You might also invest in a toothpaste created specifically for sensitive teeth.
However, if your tooth sensitivity is major or if it continues, get a dental exam to figure out what’s causing the discomfort. We’ll use this exam to figure out the source of your sensitivity and prepare a treatment that works for your unique case. Contact us today for a dental exam!
Common reasons for tooth pain is tooth decay. If your tooth gets an infection it can cause damage and create tooth pain. The only comprehensive way to figure out the cause of tooth pain is to get a dental exam. We’ll be able to diagnose and treat you so you’ll be pain-free.
Severe Pain or Root Canal Pain
Some tooth pain might indicate an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed, puss filled sac that can cause severe pain. It’s important to see a dentist immediately if you’re experiencing severe tooth pain. Not only can a dentist help alleviate the pain, but the sooner you visit the better able we are to save the tooth.
Additional reasons for severe pain or root canal pain can be tooth decay, a loose filling, cracks in the tooth, or even damaged inner tooth pulp. Some of these instances may need a root canal to help. Depending on the case, we may treat you using fillings, bonds, therapy, or other methods.
Toothaches can be occasional, minor, and not last for but a few hours. We recommend you use a soft brush and sensitive toothpaste to gently brush your teeth for a couple of weeks. If the pain lingers, please call us and we’ll do a thorough exam to get to the bottom of your pain.
Often you can get a toothache from having a cold, flu, or sinus infection. Being congested causes pressure to build up in your upper jaw or teeth. When you feel less congested the toothache should go away as well. The final cause of toothaches is grinding or clenching of the teeth. We recommend using a mouth guard to prevent pain or further damage from these habits.