Sensitive TeethHow to help sensitive teeth
“Why are my teeth sensitive all of a sudden?”
If you’ve never suffered from tooth sensitivity before, then sensitive teeth all of a sudden can be quite alarming, and for us, it’s reason for concern as it might indicate underlying oral health problems like gum infections or a cracked tooth where bacteria has infected the pulp. For example, if you have one tooth that’s all of a sudden sensitive to touch or to hot and cold, it would indicate advanced decay, where a root canal will likely be applicable to treat the problem to try and save the tooth from dying or extraction.
How to help sensitive teeth
Want to know how to stop sensitive teeth pain fast? There are plenty of ways you can try to combat the condition at home, such as desensitising toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, and saltwater rinses. However, if you want to stop avoiding certain beverages or increasing the wear of your teeth through abrasive products, it’s best to book an appointment with one of our dentists to address the sensitivity long-term.
Relieving nerve pain in your teeth
If you’ve got tooth nerve pain, we know just how unbearable it can be – and as mentioned above, it’s a sign that something serious is going on. The pain can range from a small, dull ache to a sharp, sudden jolt, indicating an exposed tooth root triggered by particular foods and drinks or when brushing and flossing.
So, you should never ignore it or try to relieve it yourself with at-home remedies. The only way to stop tooth pain nerve for good is with a root canal; in the meantime, the best way to manage the pain is with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
Sensitive teeth vs unbearable tooth pain
Sometimes, sensitivity is a symptom of decay paired with throbbing, severe pain, indicating that an infection has invaded your tooth pulp. However, spotting the difference between toothache and sensitivity is not always simple. Toothache refers to pain in and around your tooth, which can also be triggered similarly to tooth sensitivity. Generally, sensitivity is a long-term issue, but if you haven’t treated the underlying issue of your toothache, it won’t be easy to distinguish between the two.
What causes sensitive teeth
Wondering why your teeth are so sensitive? There can be several factors at play. For example, worn enamel, exposed roots, cavities and cracks are common culprits of sensitive teeth. In some instances, some patients are more prone to sensitive teeth than others due to their genetics and a worn-down enamel layer.
Silent culprits of sensitive teeth also include gum disease, where inflamed and sore gum tissue can cause sensitivity due to a loss of supporting ligaments, exposing the root surface that leads directly to the tooth’s nerve.
Book a check-up at our clinic in London to find out the root cause of your sensitive teeth and what can be done to treat it.