Tooth Sensitivity – Part 2 – Common Causes

Tooth sensitivity

If you experience sensitive teeth, it may be due to one of these dental issues.

In our previous blog, we introduced you to tooth sensitivity. Continuing our discussion on this topic, we would like to go over some of the common causes of sensitive teeth.

Below are five common causes of sensitive teeth:

Decay – When your tooth is decayed, any hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods or drinks can cause sensitivity. Bacteria has access to the nerve of your tooth when it is experiencing decay. Removing the decay and receiving a filling should correct the problem.

Infection – If there is a tooth with an infection, you may be experiencing extreme sensitivity. If the infection is not treated, not only will you continue experiencing this extreme pain, but other serious health issues can also arise.

Trauma – A tooth that is “bruised,” chipped, or cracked can also become sensitive. When this occurs, your dentist can offer different treatments to correct the tooth.

Dentinal Sensitivity – Exposed dentin is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. When the dentin (the inner layer of your tooth) is exposed, you may notice sensitivity.

Uneven Bite – If you have teeth that are uneven and hit too soon or too hard on other teeth because of a shift, you may experience sensitive teeth. These shifts can occur due to a number of things including loss of bone structure or teeth shifting into an empty space where a tooth has been extracted.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we will discuss dentinal sensitivity and what can cause this issue.

If you have any sensitivity or pain in your mouth be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nichols in Littleton, CO.