Why do very hot or cold foods cause dental pain for some people?
Although teeth may look like a solid object to many people, they are far more sophisticated than that. Essentially composed of three parts, a tooth needs to be cared for as well as any other part of our body. When we fail to do this, we may well suffer from pain and discomfort and will very likely require some dental treatment to rectify the problem.
It is likely that too many of us will have experienced a toothache due to dental decay, but a significant number of people also experience tooth sensitivity which can build over a period of time and be uncomfortable, but often not to the extent that people seek treatment.
At The Lodge Dental Suite, we recommend for our patients from Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and other surrounding areas, that if you are experiencing sensitivity, you should have your teeth checked by us as soon as possible.
Whilst some people do suffer with sensitivity even when their teeth are in otherwise good condition, it is when the enamel becomes damaged and the softer dentin later exposed, that this problem becomes worse. Whilst some damage may be obvious, such as when part of a tooth breaks away, this is not always the case and even more minor damage can create conditions for sensitive teeth.
Enamel erosion is an increasing problem, especially with the increased consumption of sugary carbonated drinks that many people consume. This can gradually wear away the enamel of our teeth, creating heightened sensitivity. The best way to prevent this is to reduce your consumption of high sugar foods and to clean your teeth regularly. In addition to this, flossing and regular hygienist visits are necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.
Where a patients has sensitive teeth which are on otherwise good condition, ‘simple’ treatments such as the use of specialist toothpastes can help a lot. Where the sensitivity is caused by damage to the teeth, we have various restorative methods to address this.
Whilst gum disease itself can be very uncomfortable, especially in its later stage, known as periodontitis, it can also create an environment for sensitive teeth by causing the gums to recede. As they do so, the dentin layer at the root end of the tooth becomes exposed which increases the risks of sensitivity. Treating gum disease will help to prevent gums from receding, but will not address any problems already caused. However there are advanced dental procedures which can be used to help rectify this.
Where the enamel of a tooth has become badly eroded, one way in which sensitivity can be reduced is by replacing the damaged enamel with porcelain dental veneers. These will help to protect the inner part of the tooth from extremes of temperature. However, preventative care should always be your first option.
If you have sensitive teeth or any other dental problem and would like the advice of a experienced dental team, please contact The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388.