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Sensitive Teeth Dentist

Sensitive Teeth Dentist in Evergreen Area, San Jose, CA

Suffering from sensitive teeth? Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. To get a comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment, trust the experienced dentist of Selective Dental. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 3151 South White Road, Suite 203 San Jose, CA 95148.

Sensitive Teeth Dentist Near Me in San Jose, CA
Sensitive Teeth Dentist Near Me in San Jose, CA

Table of Contents:

What causes sensitive teeth?
What are some symptoms of sensitive teeth?
When should I be worried about sensitive teeth?
What happens if you left your sensitive teeth untreated?

Even though it often feels like a minor inconvenience, tooth sensitivity is disruptive to our daily lives. Most of us will experience varying levels of tooth sensitivity throughout our lives regardless of how diligent our dental hygiene routine has been. While it is possible for tooth sensitivity to go away on its own, it most often will persist until treated depending on its cause. Even if the pain level is small, it can be so uncomfortable and alarming when you’re just trying to enjoy your favorite treat or a steaming mug of tea and feel that sudden burst of tooth pain. There are a few causes for sensitive teeth, so it is important that you can check in with your dentist if you are experiencing any sort of pain or discomfort with your teeth.

What causes sensitive teeth?

The primary reasons why you may be experiencing sensitivity could be from a receding gum line, which exposes the roots of your teeth (this is very common as patients age beyond 40 years and older), cavities, or worn down enamel on your teeth. Having a crack or a chip in a tooth may cause sensitivity or pain as well, and if you have previously had a cavity filled in, the filling could wear down eventually which could also be a cause for some tooth sensitivity.

What are some symptoms of sensitive teeth?

Symptoms that you may experience with tooth sensitivity are shooting or sudden pain in the tooth that is sensitive when you eat or drink something that is cold. If your tooth is more sensitive, the pain might be elicited by the consumption of very hot food or beverage as well, and for extremely sensitive teeth, just breathing in very cold air could set off pain in the tooth. The pain from tooth sensitivity could also be triggered by brushing or flossing your teeth or consuming food or beverages that are overly sweet or acidic. Essentially, if there is any sudden or shooting pain in your teeth while eating, drinking, or performing any of your daily dental hygienic activities, chances are you have some tooth sensitivity.

When should I be worried about sensitive teeth?

Minor tooth sensitivity is fairly common, it may just be the indicator that you should see your dentist soon and mention the tooth sensitivity during your check-up. If the tooth sensitivity gets to a point of being unbearable and is affecting your day-to-day life, it is recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as possible to help for both your comfort and safety. Persistent and intense pain could be an indicator of a larger problem than the typical causes of tooth sensitivity, such as an infection within the tooth, or gum disease. If there is an infection, it is important to have it addressed as soon as possible to avoid the infection growing and becoming a much more dangerous problem.

What happens if you left your sensitive teeth untreated?

Often minor tooth sensitivity will go away on its own or is indicating that it is time to get new fillings to either fill in new cavities or to replace worn-down fillings. If tooth sensitivity is being caused by a larger problem, such as an infection or gum disease, it is very important to have it addressed by your dentist as soon as possible. If infections in your teeth or gum disease are left untreated, that could lead to needing a root canal or losing the affected teeth, which would end up being much more expensive than it needs to be. If the infection goes left untreated for far too long, the infection could spread and lead to the most severe of complications being sepsis, which is when the infection spreads into your bloodstream and starts to attack the rest of your body as well. Though this is the most drastic of complications, it is always better to be safe and get pain or sensitivity treated when possible to ensure your comfort and safety.
 
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