Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

One of the most common complaints that patients express to us is a feeling of tooth sensitivity. The sensitivity is most often related to temperature (hot and cold) or biting, but can also be brought about by other things. There are many causes of tooth sensitivity that include:

  • Gum recession and root exposure
  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Tooth wear due to habits such as grinding
  • Gum disease
  • Referred sensitivity from muscle soreness

Depending on the type and severity of tooth sensitivity, the recommended treatment may include, but is not limited to:

  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste at home
  • Applying fluoride or other desensitizing agents in the office
  • A filling or a crown to either remove the cause of sensitivity or cover the sensitive tooth
  • A cleaning to help remove deposits of plaque and calculus that may be causing gum irritation
  • Gum graft to cover exposed roots
  • Root canal

Due to the many causes and treatments for tooth sensitivity mentioned above, it is important to discuss these concerns with a dentist to help identify issues specific to your needs.