A sore tooth or tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental emergency with many experiencing this at some stage in their lifetime. Ingestion of hot, cold and in some cases, sweet are the primary cause of pain due to sensitive teeth. This is often a short and sharp pain that disappears pretty quickly once the stimulus is taken away. It is often a result of decay, gum recession, excessive toothbrushing (abrasions), and tooth erosion. If you find that you need to come in for this dental emergency, please call us at our Chatswood clinic or East Village clinic and we will see you ASAP.
Normally, toothpaste that contains fluoride or potassium nitrate/oxalate (desensitizing agent) that protects the teeth, is used to address tooth sensitivity. It must be used regularly for at least one month before any therapeutic benefits may be noticed.
If particularly bad sensitivity this may also require a filling to cover exposed areas of the tooth, or dentists may apply higher concentration desensitising agents to help.
If you think you have sensitive teeth, consult us. If the diagnosis is tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve sensitive teeth:
Have you ever experienced a sudden sharp pain in a tooth while chewing or biting? Do you have teeth with very large fillings, teeth subjected to heavy biting forces or suffered trauma? You might be suffering from “Cracked Tooth Syndrome”. This can occur where there is a crack that is exacerbated every time a load is placed on teeth while chewing. This affects the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth causing pain. Cracks may not always be visible to the naked eye or even on a dental x-ray. That is why your dentist may perform several number of tests to determine whether you have a cracked tooth syndrome.
The treatment of a cracked tooth depends on the type of the crack and its severity. There are cracks that need no treatment but most need to be fixed for it might worsen or fracture the tooth, resulting in tooth loss.
The most common treatment is a dental crown that helps to reinforce the tooth. Adjunctive treatments may be needed including root canal treatment however if the fracture is severe the tooth may require extraction. It is important to ask your dentist for the best possible treatment for your cracked tooth to help save your tooth to prevent it from being extracted.