Common Patient Concerns
I'm experiencing tooth pain. What could be causing it?
Tooth sensitivity is commonly associated with one of the following:
• Root exposure - gum tissue has receded exposing the more sensitive root surface.
Solution: Fluoride toothpastes for sensitive teeth, or the application of varnishes and desensitizing agents by a dentist.
• An excessively high bite on a dental restoration.
Solution: Shorten the tall restoration.
• Cracked teeth - Often times exhibit some form of biting pressure sensitivity in addition to cold sensitivity.
Solution: Depending on the severity of the crack, treatment solutions include a crown, the possibility of a root canal and, in severe cases, removal of the tooth.
• Nerve in the process dying - Here the cold sensitivity lingers for a longer time after the cold stimulus is gone and may even cause throbbing.
Solution: Remove the dying nerve.