Teeth Sensitivity, How Long Should It Last?


Many folks suffer some level of tooth sensitivity. Research published within the 2013 March issue of JADA uncovered that one in eight folks have sensitive teeth. However, most do not talk about the condition with their dental professional.

If you suffer with sensitive teeth, you might believe that the pain you feel when you drink or eat sour, spicy, sweet, hot, or cold beverages or foods is normal, and that the answer is to simply avoid trigger drinks and foods.

Depending upon the cause of the tooth sensitivity, avoiding such triggers might assist in alleviating your symptoms. However, tooth sensitivity also can be an indication of a severe underlying issue, which is the reason why it is vital that you talk about any tooth sensitivity — and any additional concerns — with the dentist.

When Should you Arrange a Visit to the Dentist?

Your teeth are supposed to last a lifetime. They will — if you care for them properly. However, over time, teeth are subject to damage. Enamel may wear down, which makes teeth more sensitive. Gums might recede and expose the nerves and root and thereby increase sensitivity. Teeth may develop abscesses, cavities, and cracks. And you may suffer other dental issues.

Apart from your routine check-ups, it is important that you immediately visit your dentist if you suddenly suffer an unusual degree of tooth sensitivity, or if a certain tooth or area becomes sensitive.

For example, if you have a cracked tooth, bacteria may grow inside the tooth and cause an infection. The crack also could get worse. It really is important that you take care of all dental problems as fast as you can. The longer you put it off, the worse the problem may get.

Academy of General Dentistry professionals also suggest that you get a dental assessment if a tooth is very sensitive for more than a couple of days and strongly reacts to cold and hot temperatures.

What you can Expect During the Visit

To rule out all underlying triggers of tooth sensitivity, such as a cavity, a cracked tooth, nerve damage, or an abscess, the dentist might ask questions like:

  • Do you experience discomfort while biting into something or chewing?
  • Does the pain occur when you are consuming acidic drinks or food?
  • Does this sensitivity only occur with really cold food sources, such as ice cream, or hot food sources, such as soup?
  • How long will the sensitivity last — does the sensitivity linger for quite some time or immediately go away?
  • Do all your teeth suffer sensitivity, or is it just one tooth?
  • How often are your teeth sensitive?

Depending upon your answers to those questions, the dentist might suggest changing your routine toothpaste to one that is formulated for sensitive teeth; fluoride treatments to assist in strengthening your teeth and managing your symptoms; mouth guard that protect the teeth from the effects of clenching or grinding; or bonding, inlay, or a crown.

For more information on teeth sensitivity contact the over 30 years experienced dental clinic of Markham Dental today!