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When you have unexplained sensitivity or pain in your teeth, it can be rather disconcerting. It’s easy to let your imagination run wild and think the worst when this happens. Before you know it, in your mind you’re in store for root canals, gum surgery, and all sorts of terrible procedures. But before you go there, take a deep breath and read on for some common causes of tooth pain and sensitivity. The answers may be more benign that you think.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

According to an article by Dear Doctor, tooth sensitivity is a reaction of the nerves inside the tooth. The nerves react to various stimuli, like different foods or hot and cold things. There are many causes for these nerves to be extra sensitive.

People who experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods may have a small area of decay, a loose filing, gum recession, or toothbrush abrasion. But these problems are not irreversible, nor do they necessarily mean you have a cavity. To start, try using a softer toothbrush, brush more gently, and switch to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. These measures alone may fix the problem.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

If you are suffering from tooth pain, it is likely you have tooth decay that needs to be addressed by a dentist. It could be that previous dental work is cracked, or perhaps you have a cracked tooth. You may need a root canal to remove the decaying roots and seal off the tooth from further damage. Pain in the upper teeth – especially near the back of the mouth – could be pain from the sinuses or the result of teeth grinding. Check with your dentist and family practice doctor to determine the best route to solve this problem.

If you suffer from tooth pain and sensitivity, Dr. Jeremy Louk at Rock Ridge Family Dentistry can help you determine what you can do to alleviate the problem. It could be as simple as switching up your dental hygiene regimen, or you may need to have a dental procedure done. If you do need work done, the Rock Ridge team will make sure you’re comfortable during your procedure, too, with relaxing sedation options. Call us today to learn more and schedule a check-up.

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