Sensitivity is the single most common problem in dentistry. At some point in our lives we will all suffer from sensitivity.
Sensitivity may range from mild (it is normal to feel the cold if you eat icecream or in severe weather) or to the extreme (you may suffer severe pain from drinking a luke warm beverage or brushing your teeth).
The most common cause is receding gums. This can be caused by brushing your teeth too hard. When the gum recedes it exposes dentine which may be very sensitive to hot, cold or sweet stimuli. Treatment is to apply a variety of desensitising materials until the pain reduces and eventually goes away. You must also stop the cause of sensitive teeth or the problem will return. If it returns it means you have treated the symptom but not the cause.
This may mean changing to a more suitable toothbrush, changing your brushing
or flossing technique or changing the toothpaste you use. Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to advise on your individual requirements.
Sensitivity can also be caused by a cavity developing in one of your teeth or by a very deep or broken filling, a failing crown or a cracked tooth
can also cause sensitivity. If the nerve in a tooth starts to die and form an abscess the first symptom may be sensitivity.If you suffer from persistent sensitivity ask your dentist to investigate it with you. You don't need to put up with it.