Do you experience a sharp pain that then fades when taking your favorite cup of hot coffee? Or maybe the pain happens when you bite into an ice cream? You could be experiencing tooth sensitivity. This is also the case if you experience pain while brushing your teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a problem that affects the tooth through exposed root surfaces. The root is exposed when gum recessions occur or the enamel protecting the teeth wears away. The exposed part called the dentine contains pores that run from the tooth surface to the nerve center. Without the protection of gums or enamel, they are susceptible to any changes in temperatures, certain foods and activity around the teeth.
Tooth sensitivity also known as dentine hypersensitivity is characterized by how your teeth react when certain conditions are introduced to them. If your teeth are sensitive to sweet and acidic foods, physical touch, hot and cold air and drinks, then you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. It is a condition that can come and disappear after a short time.
Causes of tooth sensitivity are varied with the only common denominator being they lead to erosion of the enamel or gum recession.
Treatment for tooth sensitivity largely depends on the cause of the condition. Proper diagnosis has to be done to establish the cause so that an effective treatment plan can be set. For more obvious causes like a cavity of gum disease, a Barrie dentist can use a filling or any other form of tooth restoration including cleaning and treating the gum.
Home measures can also help you prevent much of the sensitivity by doing the following: