Tooth sensitivity can range from mild to severe, but it is important that it’s not brushed under the carpet. It can become severely discomforting and progressively damage your oral health.
Sensitivity can stem from an underlying dental condition, a physical accident, trauma a simple restoration, or a minor adjustment. It can appear from almost anywhere and anytime.
Let’s take a look at what is considered severe tooth sensitivity that may require emergency treatment at the dentist.
A Cracked Tooth
A tooth can crack from tooth trauma or even biting down on something hard. This will require emergency treatment to restore the crooked smile. When a tooth cracks, it can lead to further tooth decay and a dental abscess, and over-the-counter medication isn’t recommended unless an appointment doesn’t become available immediately. The dentist will determine the best form of treatment for a cracked tooth.
Tooth Whitening Chemicals
If you use teeth bleaching agents for example to whiten your teeth, the chemicals are unknown and dangerous and have found to cause severe tooth sensitivity in the past. It is recommended that you visit the dentist for in-office whitening instead of using short-term unknown bleaching agents.
Gum disease occurs when the underlying tissue becomes inflamed and infected. This exposes the tooth root and can progressively get worse if the bacteria penetrates inside the tooth and gums.
When you grind your teeth, your teeth can become chipped and cracked. This can become serious in the long term where you may experience tooth decay. Grinding your teeth occur when your upper and lower teeth clench and grind together, either when stressed or during sleep.
Hard Bristle Toothbrush
If you’re brushing your teeth either too hard or with a hard-bristle toothbrush, you will experience mild to severe tooth sensitivity and possibly minor bleeding. This can wear down your enamel and lead to bacteria penetrating your teeth and gums.
Severe tooth sensitivity can occur at any time, but in some situations, it can be avoidable. Once you feel any degree of sensitivity, consult the dentist so the underlying root cause can be found. It is not recommended that you ignore the pain at home. Consult the dentist at the earliest opportunity.
Are you suffering from severe tooth sensitivity, it’s time to get in touch. Contact us here at Ashfield Family Dental today.