Sensitive teeth usually occurs when the sensitive dentine layer of the tooth becomes exposed. Many conditions can cause the dentine to become exposed, and when it does, contact with heat or cold can be extremely uncomfortable.
Common causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Tooth decay
- Worn enamel from brushing teeth too hard
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum recession
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- A cracked tooth
- Worn fillings
Some of the above conditions can cause the enamel layer of the teeth to be worn down or the gum to recede, exposing the sensitive dentine layer. Cracked teeth and worn fillings can allow hot and cold foods to come into contact with several layers of teeth, causing extreme pain and discomfort.
If your teeth are extremely sensitive to heat, cold or even touch, be sure to get in touch with an oral surgeon in Sydney as soon as possible to decide on a treatment plan. If you experience only mild discomfort due to your sensitive teeth, there are a few treatments that you can use as advised (or conducted) by your dentist.
Common treatments for sensitive teeth include:
- Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
- Applying a fluoride varnish to the teeth
- Covering exposed gums with sealants
- In severe cases, root canal treatment may be necessary
If you are experiencing isolated wisdom teeth pain due to sensitivity, the pain could be linked to crowding or other dental issues requiring wisdom teeth extraction. For a comprehensive consultation to determine whether you require wisdom teeth extraction in Sydney, contact Wisdom Dental on 1 300 217 858 for a quote today.