When you experience some cold sensitivity, you may think that it is normal. However, it is very important to know that something could be wrong with either your tooth/teeth or disease process associated supporting structures of your teeth such as bone and gums. Here are some common contributing factors that could lead to sensitive teeth.
- Tooth may have a cavity caused by bacterial end product called lactic acid breaking down enamel
- Fractured teeth or fillings with missing protective enamel layer
- Erosion caused by mechanical or chemical destruction exposing second layer of the tooth called dentin.
- Bone loss, gum disease or mechanical factors leading to exposure of tooth root
Good news is that there is always a solution and recommendation for proper treatment based on factors causing sensitivity associated with teeth or supporting structures. Some of the treatment options may include but not limited to: desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride gel application in dental office, placement of a filling, full coverage restoration like a “cap” or crown, root canal or even a gum graft!