If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it might mean you have some serious oral health issues, or it might mean nothing important. However, if you want to know for sure about the health of your teeth, you have to see your dentist.
Causes of Sensitivity That Aren’t Necessarily a Problem
Sometimes tooth sensitivity isn’t a cause for alarm. Your teeth have natural tubules that can carry temperature changes into the tooth nerve. Depending on the thickness of your dental enamel and your natural sensitivity to pain, you may experience more or less discomfort on a regular basis, even if nothing’s wrong.
It’s also common to experience some sensitivity for a few days after new dental work, but if it persists, you need to talk to your dentist.
Finally, some types of dental restorations can lead to long-term sensitivity. Metal amalgam fillings and metal crowns can conduct temperature changes deep into your tooth, causing you discomfort. The restoration may be fully functional, but if it makes you too uncomfortable, we can replace them with white fillings or ceramic crowns.
Causes of Sensitivity That Can Be Serious
On the other hand, tooth sensitivity may be a sign that something is really wrong. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by gum disease when the gums are pulling away from the tooth root. The tooth root isn’t designed to be exposed, and it’s more sensitive to changes in temperature.
Tooth sensitivity may also be caused by cavities. These can remove insulation and structural support for your teeth, resulting in sensitivity to heat or pressure.
Finally, an infected tooth may lead to extreme temperature sensitivity. You may experience significant pain that lasts for a long time if your tooth is infected. If you have an effective tooth, a root canal can help you to feel better as well as protect your oral and general health.
Sometimes Tooth Problems Can Be Silent
However, just because you’re not feeling pain, it doesn’t mean your teeth are fine. Many dental problems don’t come with symptoms, or these symptoms only show up too late. Even an infected tooth may not always come with a level of pain that shows how serious it is.
To avoid these other types of dental problems, it’s important that you have regular dental check-ups to look for and prevent other issues that may arise.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. James B. Polley in Summerlin, please contact us today.