Sensitive Teeth

Looking at possible reasons why some people suffer from sensitive teeth.

Having teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold is relatively common. For some, the discomfort is relatively minor, whilst for others, it can be very painful indeed.

There are many potential reasons for this to occur, although exposure of the dentin layer (the porous layer under the enamel) is the most likely cause.

Teeth whitening

If you have recently had a teeth whitening procedure at our Hertfordshire dental practice, you may be experiencing some slight extra sensitivity. This is uncommon, but a few people do experience it. If this is the case, you can be assured that it is usually temporary and some toothpastes offer a desensitising agent which may help during this period. If the increase in sensitivity lasts for more than a few days, please contact us for further advice.

Enamel erosion

This is a common cause of sensitive teeth and, once the enamel has worn away, it exposes the porous dentin layer underneath where the nerves are stored. Erosion can be caused by a number of factors including brushing your teeth too hard and also excessive exposure to acids such as those found in acidic food and drinks.

Receding gums

If your gums recede, the root of the tooth can become exposed. This part of the tooth is not protected by an enamel layer and is therefore more sensitive to extremes of hot or cold.

Cracked tooth

Whether caused by accident or perhaps even by teeth grinding, a crack in the tooth exposes the dentin layer again. Regular checks-ups should ensure that these cracks can be filled using a small filling but if you ignore it though, more extensive treatment may be needed later on. If you feel that you may have cracked a tooth, such as when playing sports, please don’t wait until your next appointment and arrange to have it checked promptly by one of the dentists at The Lodge Dental Suite.

What should I do if my teeth are sensitive?

First of all, you should have your teeth checked to make sure that there are no problems which can be easily fixed. In many cases, only minor treatment may be needed to rectify the problem. It is also advisable to avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks and it is worth trying a sensitivity toothpaste as many people do find that these help.

If you have sensitive teeth and live in the Cheshunt, Enfield or Waltham Abbey areas, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388 for an appointment.