Feeling a quick sting of pain and discomfort when eating hot and cold foods can be a serious cause for concern. Using a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth can help. Even so it’s still a good idea to investigate the underlying cause of the sensitivity.
Tooth decay, chips, cracks or fractures on a tooth can expose dentin layer of a tooth. The nerves in this part of your tooth are sensitive and prone to quick reactions in hot or cold with pain. If you have teeth with this kind of damage you will need to have it addressed by your dentist before the pain will subside. Early action is important to mitigate an issue like this before it can advance into something more serious.
There are non-dental conditions that can cause tooth sensitivity.
Sinus infections can cause added pressure on several of the nerves in your face. Some of these nerves can also be related to your teeth and gums. If this is the cause the sensitivity will usually be focused in your upper teeth.
If your general physician feels this is the case they might prescribe a decongestant to help relieve some of the sinus pressure. You will most likely need to adjust your diet and lifestyle choices while treating the sinus infection. Try to avoid hot or cold food and drink. Also crunching down on hard foods may increase the pressure in the upper teeth causing discomfort.
With proper treatment the problem should subside in less than a week. However if it persists there may be a more serious underlying cause and you should contact your doctor.
If you have recently developed tooth sensitivity issues and you would like confirmation of the cause please call us at 706.257.7374 to schedule an appointment.