Need Answers to Your Sensitivity Issues? | Dentist in San Diego CA


Is sensitivity a common problem for you? Usually, tooth sensitivity can be treated with a wide range of treatment options that can provide some relief. Unfortunately, tooth sensitivity is often misunderstood. Here are some common questions regarding tooth sensitivity:

When eating cold or hot foods, are people’s teeth supposed to hurt?

The problem is unlikely to be serious if the discomfort or pain lasts only for a few seconds after drinking a hot or cold beverage. The cause of tooth sensitivity in these cases is likely to be mild decay (cavities), a loose or lost filling, or minor gum recession. Although it makes sense to schedule a visit to your dentist as soon as possible, it does not require emergency dental care.

If the sensitivity lasts 30 seconds or more, the internal structure (pulp) of your tooth has likely been permanently damaged in these cases. This may be due to deep dental decay, a tooth fracture, an accident or trauma, or it may be the consequence of an infection. In any of these cases, it is best to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible so that a thorough evaluation can be performed before the pain becomes unbearable.

Does sensitivity toothpaste work?

Desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These products work by preventing pain signals from traveling between the surface of your teeth and your inner nerves. It may take several uses of the toothpaste before you see a difference. For those with more severe and prolonged sensitivities, prescription-strength toothpaste may be helpful. Our dental team is happy to suggest products that may be helpful to you.

If you have sensitive teeth, should you refrain from drinking coffee or eating ice cream?

You are not restricted from eating and drinking your favorite foods. If you are experiencing pain, you should consult with your dentist to determine the cause. Depending on your condition, they may recommend a specific toothpaste or suggest other possible treatment options. Maintaining proper oral hygiene will help in the prevention of tooth sensitivity.

Does sensitivity cause tooth loss?

Sensitivity may be a precursor to tooth loss. A recession of the gum line, which exposes the roots of your teeth, may cause sensitivity in several teeth at the same time. Prolonged gum recession can result in tooth loss. Furthermore, decay can cause sensitive teeth and, in the long run, can lead to an infection in the gums or jaw that can spread to other parts of the head and neck. With the right diagnosis and treatment, you can keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Depending on the cause of your tooth sensitivity, our dentist can treat the condition in various ways. One of the easiest ways to prevent sensitive teeth is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. For more information, please contact our dental office to schedule an appointment.

Paul Taylor, DMD- Advanced Dentistry
Phone: (858) 496-7521
4320 Genesee Ave., Suite 101
San Diego , CA 92117