Teeth may be sensitive to a plethora of factors and each one may have a different cause as well. Consequently the treatment for each type of dental sensitivity will be different. Some common sensitivities are:
Sensitive to cold
Sensitive to hot
Sensitive to sweets
Sensitive after fillings, crowns, and root canals
Our team of LIC dentists will help you troubleshoot all of your dental sensitivities.
Teeth Sensitive to Cold
Teeth that are sensitive to cold are very common, although the cause of it may vary greatly. One of the first signs you may notice is when you experience sensitivity from a cold drink.
The most common cause for cold sensitivity is due to gum recession. The gums may recede because you either, a) brush too hard or b) you've had gum disease before.
Depending on the amount of gum recession, the sensitivity to cold will vary. They become sensitive because the root is now exposed and the root is a lot more sensitive than enamel.
An analogy is the gums being your coat and having receding gums is like being outside during the winter time without your coat on!
Treatment for the cold sensitive tooth
The first line of treatment is to immediately switch to a toothpaste that is for sensitive teeth. There are many brands out there that you can try but for teeth that are very sensitive to cold, our LIC dentists recommend one that does not contain any whitening because if you've ever had whitening before, it does make your teeth more sensitive for a little while afterwards. Therefore it is counterproductive to use a toothpaste that contains whitening for sensitivity treatment.
The second line of treatment for teeth that are sensitive to cold would be to have the root surfaces covered with a bonding. Since the gums have receded, we can instead cover it with bonding. For the bonding you will have to make an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists in long island city who will be more than happy to assist you with the tooth bonding.
Teeth sensitive to HOT
Teeth that are sensitive to hot is typically not a very good sign. There is a possibility that the nerve of the tooth may not be healthy, which would be indicative of a root canal treatment being necessary.
If you are experiencing periodic sensitivity to sweets, there is a very high possibility that may either a) already have cavities or b) developing a cavity.
If you haven't had a dental check up in awhile, the sweet sensitivity is your body's way of gently letting you know that you are overdue for one.
Our recommendation is to schedule a dental check up so that we can get some xrays and properly diagnose you. Of course if you do have any cavities, we can take care of the fillings for you!