Sensitive teeth?

Are your teeth preventing you from enjoying your favourite ice cream or having your hot chocolate???

Sensitivity happens when the enamel that protects our tooth wears away or our gums recede to expose the root surfaces. Sometimes it can also be caused by a hidden decay

How long does it last???

Symptom: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods that comes and goes? Does the discomfort go away immediately?

Possible problem: This may be caused by a small decay, a loose filling or by minimal gum recession that exposes small areas of the root surface.

What to do: Visit your general dentist and he could point out to what could be the cause of the discomfort and advice you your options.

Symptom: Sensitivity or tooth pain lasting more than 30 seconds, after eating hot or cold foods.

Possible problem: This probably means the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth has been damaged.

What to do: Visit your general dentist and after he takes an X-ray of the tooth and runs a couple of tests he can tell you if the tooth can be saved or not. If the tooth can be saved, he will either offer you a replacement filling or a (root canal treatment).

Symptom: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods immediately after dental treatment.

Possible problem: Dental work may cause some amount of inflammation/ irritation to the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth.

What to do: Wait two to four weeks. If the pain worsens during this duration, see your general dentist, this means the tooth may require further work.