You should never feel twinges of shock-like pain in your teeth and when you do, you should bring it to our attention immediately. This is a sign that you have tooth sensitivity - something that can be caused by hot or cold food hitting your dentin, which is the layer of your tooth that's located under its hard, white enamel. When this happens, your nerves become exposed.
Determining the Cause of Tooth Sensitivity
Regardless of your age, you may experience tooth sensitivity. There are many reasons why this may occur. One of the leading causes is that you've accidentally cracked your tooth. This means that a piece of your tooth's chewing surface has broken off. Usually this happens in the area around a filling.
Fortunately, this will rarely damage the pulp of your tooth and it typically won't cause you much pain either. This is something that we can easily fix either by adding a new filling in the area or placing a crown over the top of the tooth to protect it.
This isn't the only reason that your tooth might be sensitive though. The reasons range from your diet to your health. For instance, the food you eat can be too acidic and contribute to this sensitivity. Additionally, if you chew on things like ice, you can easily crack your enamel. If your diet seems fine, you may want to make sure you aren't using too hard of a toothbrush.
Sometimes you may not even know the real reason behind why your tooth is feeling sensitive until you come into our office for a visit. This is why when you're experiencing tooth sensitivity you should bring it to our attention as soon as possible.
Give our office a call and schedule an appointment. We want you to feel as good as possible, as soon as possible, which is why you shouldn't delay in calling us.