Friday, August 23, 2013

What Your Sensitive Teeth Are Really Telling You

Some people have teeth that are sensitive to heat or cold, while others notice that their teeth ache more when they are experiencing sinus pressure. Truth be told, there are many different reasons for teeth sensitivity. The purpose of this article is to share with you some of the common reasons for this problem. However, it is important to note that in order to properly diagnose tooth sensitivity it is imperative that you visit a dentist.

The first major reason why teeth become sensitive is due to dental decay or cavities, which are actual holes in the hard tooth surface. These openings allow the sensations of hot or cold, air, sweet, or acidic or touch to pass directly to the dental nerve. The dental nerve has one response, discomfort or pain. Left untreated, the opening will grow and continued exposure will irritate the nerve and the inner tooth may become irritated.

The next reason for tooth sensitivity is because of fractures. Injury, daily use, or simple everyday chewing can cause a tooth to fracture. Fractures can be tiny and difficult to spot. A fracture may be another direct entry to the dental nerve and sensitivity.

Another cause of sensitivity is gum disease. The inflammation and infection associated with gum disease can be silent and not noticeable or the source of sensitivity, discomfort and pain.

Sinuses are another reason sensitivity because the floor of the sinus is adjacent to the roots of the upper teeth. A sinus infection tends to cause sensitivity for many people.

A fifth reason actually deals with your bite. In fact, how the teeth touch together can often cause some sensitivity. An imbalanced bite may contribute to discomfort of the entire tooth by irritating the nerve.

Recession is caused by an imbalance or misaligned bite. The subsequent pressure on an individual tooth or several teeth can cause recession of the gum tissue and exposure of the more porous root surface. Exposed root surface can be quite sensitive.

The final reason why your teeth may be sensitive is erosion. When the gums have receded and the root surface is exposed, the border between porcelain-like enamel and ceramic-like root surface is a weak point. This area is susceptible to wear, especially if the bite is not corrected and or if scrubbed with a hard bristled toothbrush. A deep groove forms and can also be a source of sensitivity.

Do not tolerate sensitivity teeth. Co-partner with your dentist to find the cause of your sensitivity. Once the source is discovered there are options to end the discomfort of sensitive teeth.

Jon Frankel is a general and cosmetic dentist in Toledo, Ohio. He believes a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. In order to achieve this belief, it is important that people visit their dentist regularly in order to solve minor problems before they become expensive and large issues. For more information, please feel free to visit his website at and "Like" him on Facebook at
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