If you avoid foods of a certain temperature or property, like sweetness or acidity, you most likely suffer from a tooth sensitivity. Also called dentin hypersensitivity, it is said to affect over 40 million US adults, as reported by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
This sensitivity is caused by the erosion of our protectant enamel, which stands guard over the underlying dentin pulp inside each tooth.
This damage to our enamel is caused by differing factors, from tooth decay to gum disease to usage of teeth whitening products, and each leads to different types of tooth sensitivities. Tooth sensitivity is generally marked by short, sharp pain during exposure to an irritant.
Types of Sensitivities
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids. This, of course, is the most common type. It generally isn't a serious problem unless the pain lasts longer than 5 seconds, which could signal a deeper problem, like tooth decay or a loose filling.
Sensitivity to biting or chewing. Call our office right away if you are experiencing this type of pain. It can be a sign of tooth decay, a chipped or cracked tooth, or a loose filling.
Pressure or pain near the sinus area. This pain manifests in the upper teeth and could be caused by congestion, but could also be a problem with your teeth. Call us to be seen to determine which it could be.
Localized, acute pain. You can feel the pain in a certain area, but may not know exactly which tooth is causing the problem. This may denote an infection in the dentin tissue as the result of decay.
Regardless of the type of sensitivity that may plague you, the right move is to contact our office and set up a time to visit with the dentist to determine the cause and to ultimately get relief and to keep your teeth healthy!
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Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.