If you suffer from tooth sensitivity the following points may help explain why. You could be brushing with too much pressure; maybe a cracked tooth? Decay around the edges of fillings or even gum disease. Read on…
Brushing With Too Much Pressure
Sometimes teeth may become sensitive if you’ve been brushing with too much force or with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Over time, this wears down the protective layer of your teeth (enamel) and exposes the microscopic tubules in the dentine (middle layer of the tooth) that lead to the nerve in the centre of the tooth. When these tubules are exposed to hot or cold or to acidic foods, tooth sensitivity and discomfort can be the result. To help prevent this, switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and try to be gentler when brushing. Often, sealing the areas of exposed dentine can also help prevent sensitivity.
A chipped or cracked tooth can cause pain that goes beyond tooth sensitivity. We would need to evaluate your tooth and decide the right course of treatment, such as a crown to prevent the crack from propagating or an extraction in severe cases.
Decay Around The Edges Of Fillings
As fillings get older they can weaken and fracture or leak around the edges. It’s easy for bacteria to accumulate in these tiny crevices, which causes acid build-up and enamel breakdown/decay. Replacement of the filling in these cases can fix the problem.
Receding gums may be an age related problem or due to excessive accumulation of plaque around the gums. Following an assessment we may be able to seal your teeth along with treating the gum disease itself.
Grinding your teeth can wear down the protective outer layer of the tooth (enamel). By doing so, you expose the dentine (middle layer of the tooth) which contains the hollow tubules that lead to the tooth’s nerve as explained above. We can help by constructing a custom made mouthguard that can stop you from grinding and seal the exposed areas of dentine.
It is best to arrange a visit with us at Dural Dental Practice so we can help to ascertain the cause of sensitivity and prevent further discomfort.