Nothing feels a temperature change like sensitive teeth. Maybe you have sensitive teeth. If so, you’ll know how they can take all the fun out of sipping a hot latte or cooling down on the beach with an iced water. How can teeth hurt so much just because you step outside and there’s a cold wind blowing? Well, there are several reasons as to why you have developed sensitive teeth, and each has its own method of treatment.
If you have recently had your teeth whitened, it can leave your teeth feeling sensitive for a while. Come and see us and we can give you something to help remineralise your teeth.
Too much brushing
If you are overzealous with the toothbrushing and use a hard brush, you can end up taking the enamel off your teeth, or at least making it a lot thinner. This means that your nerves are nearer to the surface and register temperature changes more easily.
You can also lose the enamel from your teeth if you have been consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks, which combines with the bacteria in your mouth to create acids that eat away at your teeth.
If you are getting ‘long in the tooth’, such that your gums are receding to expose the roots of your teeth, it’s probably hot and cold hitting them as roots have no hard, protective enamel layer.
You may have a crack in your tooth that you cannot feel, but it means the tooth can feel all too clearly. We can protect the tooth with a crown, a porcelain hat that goes over the entire tooth to extend its life.
Night time grinding
This is when you grind your teeth together in your sleep. Not only does it make your jaw hurt but it takes the enamel off the chewing surfaces.
Come and see us
This article only gives you an indication of what could be going on. It does not give you answers. For that, you need to bring your sensitive teeth in for an examination here at Meadowbank Dental in Edinburgh so that we can discover exactly what is going on and find a solution for you.
Having sensitive teeth can be very uncomfortable and painful, especially while consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. At Meadowbank Dental, we understand how sensitive teeth can keep you from enjoying your favourite food and drinks, and we are here to help you treat them. Our helpful and experienced dentists will identify the source of the problem and recommend the best treatment.
What causes sensitive teeth?
There are several possible causes of tooth sensitivity. Most often, tooth sensitivity is a result of the erosion of the tooth enamel. As we age, tooth enamel, which is the coating that protects the tooth, tends to wear off and become thinner. As a result, the dentin, the middle part of the tooth, is exposed, leading to sensitivity. Enamel erosion can be caused by aggressive brushing, tooth grinding as well as acidic foods and beverages. It can also be the result of receding gums. When gums recede, the tooth roots and the multitude of nerves inside the roots, become exposed and this can cause increased sensitivity and pain.
Treating sensitive teeth
Common signs and symptoms of sensitive teeth include pain and discomfort when consuming hot or cold food and beverages as well as sharp pain when breathing in cold air. Your dentist will determine what causes the sensitivity in the first place and determine the most appropriate solution based on your individual needs.
Patients with sensitive teeth are advised to stop consuming highly acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruit, wine and tomato sauce among others. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is also recommended for a more pleasant brushing experience. Patients with sensitive teeth can benefit from special brushing techniques such as brushing their teeth using small, gentle circles, applying the least pressure possible on their teeth and gums. If you grind your teeth systematically, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard. In any case, regular visits to the dentist are also important as they will provide a better chance to treat your sensitive teeth effectively.
If you’re tired of your sensitive teeth keeping you from enjoying your favourite foods, or you think you are experiencing an oral health problem, we welcome you to call our dental practice at Edinburgh.