Four Reasons For Sensitive Teeth

Four Reasons For Sensitive Teeth

A look at some of the more common causes of this uncomfortable problem.

Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon and may, or may not, be an early  indicator of a deeper problem.

There are a number of possible causes of having sensitive teeth and our Ipswich dentist takes a look at some of these below.

Worn enamel

The surface enamel of our teeth is, in effect, its protective layer. It is a non porous material that prevents excess heat or cold, as well as bacteria, from entering the more porous dentin layer of our teeth. With healthy enamel, most people will not suffer from sensitive teeth. Where the enamel becomes damaged, perhaps through acidic foods and drinks or even excess brushing, the dentin layer becomes more exposed. As this is more porous, it is more likely that the nerves in the teeth will respond to heat and cold more.

Receding gums

When gums recede, which can happen from brushing too hard or from gum disease, this exposes the root of the tooth which does not have an enamel layer. As mentioned above, this is likely to increase sensitivity. Prevention is the best option here and our hygienist is able to advise on how to brush correctly and take care of your gums.

Cracked or chipped teeth

Even healthy teeth can suffer from small cracks or chips in the teeth. This can be caused by a number of factors including accidents where a blow to the mouth is received. Bacteria as well as heat and cold can enter through these small faults in the teeth and could, potentially, even lead to tooth decay. This problem can also lead to unattractive teeth if it progresses, but it is possible to rectify the damage using techniques such as the application of dental veneers to restore appearance.

Post teeth whitening procedure

Sometimes, sensitive teeth can be temporary and nothing to worry about, although it is wise to see your Ipswich dentist, just to be sure, if you are experiencing problems. Some procedures, such as teeth whitening, can cause initial extra sensitivity for a minority of patients, but this usually goes within a few days. It should be said though, that most teeth whitening patients experience very little sensitivity or none at all so please don’t let this put you off.

Ultimately, as with any discomfort in your teeth and gums, allowing your dentist to examine your mouth will help to diagnose it and prevent it from becoming worse. If you experience any discomfort or pain, please don’t delay and call the Foxhall Dental Practice of Ipswich on 01473 258396 and we will try to see you as soon as we can.