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is the short sharp pain felt when something touches a tooth with exposed
dentin (the underlying part of the tooth that is exposed when the overlying
enamel is lost). It usually occurs in response
to cold, hot, sweet, sour or touch.
of tooth sensitivity
receding with age (often starts in 30's) exposing the tooth root
to the tooth - if any tooth is constantly being traumatized due to
bite problems or improper occlusion then that tooth is likely to become
drinks (sodas) may cause sensitive teeth. The acid in the drink tends
to wear off the enamel and then the underlying dentin gets exposed.
gum infections can also present as sensitivity. This is due to the
irritation caused by the infection of the gums at the root surface
of the tooth.
cause of your sensitive tooth can be determined by your dentist
examination to find any decayed teeth, or teeth that have been worn
out at the gum margins by wrong brushing habits.
can help to detect teeth that are constantly under trauma due to
occlusal problems. The extent of the damage to the tooth can be
analysis to detect abnormal chewing movements.
is a habit some people have of grinding their teeth at night or
when under stress. Others might clench their jaws or clatter their
teeth. This may manifest either as severe wear of the teeth, pain
in the jaws or as cracked teeth. Generalized sensitivity can be
a symptom of this condition.
can be treated by your dentist
decay found in your teeth can be cleaned and filled to seal the
the cause is improper brushing habits, then a change in brushing
method coupled with repair of the defect should solve your problem.
the root of the tooth is exposed then a desensitizing paste could
disease can be treated if that is the cause of your problem.
is not so easy to treat. Occlusal correction along with a bite
plate can control the damage, but total cure will require mental
there is any interference in your occlusal scheme, then correcting
that high point should make the tooth comfortable.
of enamel caused by aerated drinks will require a change in lifestyle
(diet) followed by veneering the affected teeth. Desensitizing pastes
may help in less severe cases.
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