Sensitive Teeth

If hot or cold food or drinks or simply brushing cause a stinging sensation in one or more of your teeth occasionally, you may have a common problem called ‘sensitive teeth’. The sensation can range from a ‘mild twinge’ all the way to intense, shooting pain. The sensitivity can be caused by grinding, decaying teeth or tooth roots that are exposed as a result of gum recession or aggressive tooth brushing. Another cause of sensitive teeth can be linked to gastric reflux.

If you develop sensitivity in your teeth, first see your dentist to determine the cause. By far the most common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed dentine.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The dentine contains microscopic tubules that radiate out from the pulp. When the dentine loses its protective coating the tubules allow heat and cold or acidic food you drink to stimulate the nerves inside the tooth.

A special desensitising agent may be applied to the sensitive areas of the affected teeth to form mineralised deposits within the tubules and on the surface of the exposed dentine and help prevent transmission of the applied stimulus.



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