Sensitivity (Toothache)

Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons.

Pressure

chewingSensitivity to chewing pressure can be caused by:

Clenching/Grinding
Decay
Abscess
Cracked tooth

Sweets

candy

Sensitivity to sweet foods is usually caused by decay.

Hot and/or Cold

Sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods usually indicates:

Decay
Abscesshottea
Worn Teeth (Attrition)
Receded Gums

It is not unusual for recent dental restorations to be sensitive to hot, cold, or pressure. This sensitivity should decrease with time. If sensitivity from a recent dental restoration worsens or persists, contact your dentist.

Toothache

toothacheSensitivity due to a dental problem will worsen with time and become a toothache. A toothache is not like a headache. It won’t just go away, even if the pain temporarily subsides. The problem that is causing the pain will just get worse, as will the pain, and simple treatment may no longer be possible. At the first sign of a toothache, contact your dentist.