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Tooth Sensitivity - What Causes It?

BDS, MDS - Periodontology and Oral Implantology
Dentist, Bangalore
Tooth Sensitivity - What Causes It?

Dental problems can be very painful and take the smile off your face completely. Those who have experienced sensitivity would vouch for it. It just will not allow you to enjoy the hot coffee or a favourite sweet or a cold smoothie.  The pain that shoots down the tooth after any of these would leave the person shuddering.

The tooth has 3 layers, from the outside in these are the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp.  The outermost enamel is mineralized and the hardest structure in the body. The next layer, dentin, has fine tubules, and when the enamel is worn off exposing the dentin, sensitivity sets in. The enamel is thinner in some portions of the tooth like the neck and the roots, therefore sensitivity onset is quicker in these areas. Some of the common reasons for sensitivity are listed below.

- Tooth decay:  As caries progresses from enamel to dentin, sensitivity sets in, especially to hot and cold foods.
- Wear and tear:  Excessive brushing of teeth can lead to wearing of teeth, especially near the neck areas, leading to loss of enamel and resulting in sensitivity.
- Dental damage:  Chipped or broken tooth can lead to sensitivity.
- Gingival disease: This leads to loss of gum cover over the tooth, leading to exposure of dentin and therefore sensitivity.
- Bruxism: Clenching of teeth, common in people with high levels of stress, can lead to enamel wearing and subsequent sensitivity.
- Dental treatment: Some dental procedures like scaling, crowns, root planing, and some fillings can cause transient sensitivity.
- Highly acidic food items: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, tea, etc. can lead to tooth sensitivity.
- Bleaching agents:  Most tooth whitening agents result in sensitive teeth.
- Excessive use of mouthwash: The mouth rinses contain high amount of alcohol which can also lead to tooth sensitivity.

Management: As with all health conditions, the first step in management is to identify the problem.  Whether it is dental decay or recent dental treatment, food habits or tooth whitening agents, the cause needs to be identified and then treatment begun accordingly.
- For lost enamel, be it decay or damage, the tooth again needs to be restored to its original form to cover the dentinal tubules and reduce sensitivity.
- For habits, be it food related or bruxism, in addition to treating the tooth, the habit per se needs to be addressed to prevent recurrence.
- For associated dental products like whitening agents or mouth rinses, talk to a dentist to switch to a less harmful product.
- De-sensitizing pastes are also available that can be used on a regular basis to reduce the problem.

Tooth sensitivity is annoying but there are ways to manage it effectively.

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I got my molar teeth removed last Saturday. It was a painful extraction as the tooth was fused to the bone. Took novamox, metrogyl and divon plus. Till today that place hurts and the next tooth according to the dentist has developed cavity. Now this tooth has become extremely sensitive and painful. What should I do? Kindly suggest. I took pan 40 till I took the medicines. Even then I has severe acidity.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I got my molar teeth removed last Saturday. It was a painful extraction as the tooth was fused to the bone. Took nova...
I can help you in reducing pain as well as acidity. For acidity take robinia 30. And for pain I need more details about pain and sensitivity. You can consult me through Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment and further guidance
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My premolars had a cavity and was filled by dentist almost 2 months ago. When I drink chilled water ,the filled tooth is showing high sensitivity without any pain. What can be the reason?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
My premolars had a cavity and was filled by dentist almost 2 months ago. When I drink chilled water ,the filled tooth...
Good evening sir! kindly go to a dental clinic and take an IOPA xray. It helps to know whether you caries is completely removed and filed. Thank you!
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Hi I am suffering Fromm tooth sensitivity. I have been using sensodine but it didn't help. What to do to permanently cure tooth sensitivity.

BDS (Implantologist), Fellowship in Lasers & Cosmetology
Dentist, Jalandhar
Hi I am suffering Fromm tooth sensitivity. I have been using sensodine but it didn't help. What to do to permanently ...
Hey! Go to a dentist and got your scaling and polishing done and use toothpaste vantej* (twice daily) how to use it- apply on all teeth. Let it be there for 1 to 2 mins then apply on toothbrush and do brushing. Your sensitivity will resolve take care.
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I have a decayed tooth and is highly sensitive. How to reduce pain on decayed tooth using home remedies?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I have a decayed tooth and is highly sensitive. How to reduce pain on decayed tooth using home remedies?
It cannot be done by home remedies. Keeping claw in mouth may give temporary relief. You can consult me at lybrate for homoeopathic treatment...
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My tooth is sensitive it hurts when I eat cold or hot soo I goo to doctor and fill my tooth but its still.

BDS(Manipal)
Dentist, Kolkata
My tooth is sensitive it hurts when I eat cold or hot soo I goo to doctor and fill my tooth but its still.
Use a sensivity paste, twice a day. Also get a x-ray done of that tooth -if there is gum or nerve problem, then need to go in for rct n capping, as advised by your dentist.
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Respected Doctor, I am 57 years. I do not take any medications. 1.Last week I was advised to apply Himalaya HiOraIR due to my gums being sore 2. As my teeth are sensitive to cold nd spicy food I started using Himalaya HiOra-K tooth paste since 29th Oct. 3.My D3 level is at 14. As on 27th Oct 2018. 4.I have been detected with blood sugar just today. My Glucose (plasma / Serum) fasting is 250 mg Post ie Prandial (2 hrs) is 258 mg. Can I take himalaya Diabecon DS to normalise my sugar levels? What is the prescribed Dosage and duration. What supplement is recommended to bring up the D3 levels. 5. Bone Density is moderately low.

BDS, MDS
Dentist, Gorakhpur
Respected Doctor,
I am 57 years. I do not take any medications.
1.Last week I was advised to apply Himalaya HiOraIR d...
This information I am sharing with my personal experience that whatever ayurvedic medicines are available for diabetes is good for nothing. They are just supplements and can not control sugar levels. Be it IME-9, Divya madhunasni vati from Patanjali etc. You need to visit an MD medicine for suitable allopathic medicines which can actually control your diabetes. You can take ayurvedic medicines just as supplements.
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Tooth Sensitivity - Know Causes And Treatment Of It!

Dr. Neelam Yadav 91% (606 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Narnaul
Tooth Sensitivity - Know Causes And Treatment Of  It!

Tooth sensitivity is a condition when the nerve endings in the teeth are overly sensitive to hold and cold conditions. Drinking and eating hot or cold food may cause a sharp pain in the tooth. A material called dentin, which is what makes up the inside of your tooth, is protected by the enamel in the crown and the cementum in the root of the tooth. In cases when the dentin loses its covering, teeth may be become sensitive.

Causes of sensitive teeth

1. Inflammation caused by bacteria may lead to sensitive teeth.
2. Gum diseases such as gingivitis may cause the gums to retract and reveal the roots of your teeth.
3. Constantly grinding your teeth can cause the enamel to break down, which leads to exposure of the dentin.
4. Accumulation of plaque can cause sensitive teeth.
5. Various acidic foods such as lemon cause the enamel to be worn out.
6. Sensitive teeth is caused by decay of the tooth.
7. Various dental procedures such as teeth restoration and cleaning of the teeth cause the teeth to be sensitive.

Treatments for sensitive teeth

1. You need to use dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride products tend to decrease teeth sensitivity.
2. Restrict consumption of acidic foods such as lemon and some dairy products.
3. If you grind your teeth then start using mouth guard.
4. Follow proper dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis to keep teeth sensitivity at bay.
5. You should use a toothbrush that has soft bristles so that the gum tissue is not affected while brushing.
6. You may use a toothpaste that has been made for people who have sensitive teeth.
7. You may apply fluoride varnishes to root surfaces that have been exposed.
8. You may cover up root surfaces with white fillings.
9. Application of dentin sealers to root surfaces that have been exposed may help in preventing tooth sensitivity.
10. Laser is also effective to fix tooth sensitivity.

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How Can You Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?

BDS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Advanced Endotontic Course On Root Canal, Postgraduate in Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Kolkata
How Can You Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be best described with the symptom of a sharp pain that you feel in your teeth when you sip something hot or cold. It is this contact of the drink with the sensitive tooth that causes the sharp pain. Extremely cold climate and eating something which is sweet or sour can cause the sensitive teeth to cause such a sensation, thus making it uncomfortable for you to eat anything.

The most common causes of sensitive teeth are as follows:
1. Tooth decay near the gum line can cause the teeth to be sensitive
2. Consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages
3. Using a hard toothbrush and aggressive brushing can lead to erosion of tooth enamel and cause tooth sensitivity
4. Plague buildup and gum diseases cause tooth sensitivity which may require you to consult your dentist immediately

However, there are many precautions that dentists recommend which can prevent your tooth from becoming sensitive. These are:

1. Gently brush your teeth and use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. This can prevent any damage to the enamel.
2. Apply proper technique to clean all parts of your mouth and teeth. You should also rinse your mouth properly with antiseptic mouthwash and fluoride.
3. You should eat a well -balanced diet which is low in acidic content. Soft drinks and cold drinks should be avoided as they can damage the enamel on your teeth.
4. Using desensitizing toothpaste can help reduce the pain associated with sensitivity.

Hypersensitive tooth needs proper treatment and you should immediately consult your dentist. There are many dental procedures ranging from simple to complex ones, aimed towards controlling pain and sensitivity. Root canal and application of fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth can help reduce pain. Root canal is a treatment at the tooth’s soft core and is considered the most successful treatment to eliminate the pain associated with infected tooth without the need to remove it.

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Do You Overbrush ?

BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai
Do You Overbrush ?

Vigourous tooth brushing can wear down your enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push your gums exposing the sensitive root area and receding gums can lead to other dental problems like periodontal disease and root caries. Do not brush vigorously and follow a proper technique. 

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