Many people suffer with the discomfort caused by temperature sensitive teeth on a daily basis, making it almost impossible to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or an ice cream on a hot summer’s day.
The truth is that a large number of people with tooth sensitivities eventually learn to live with the pain they experience every time they consume something hot or cold.
However, by understanding what causes tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures, it’s easier to find ways to decrease the level of sensitivity you experience.
Your teeth are covered in a protective coating called enamel which encapsulates the dentin found in the centre of the tooth and is made up of thousands of hollow tubes, each connecting to a nerve ending.
These nerve endings are extremely sensitive when exposed, and when hot or cold substances come into contact with the nerves, they trigger a significant pain response.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that if you’re experiencing tooth pain when drinking hot liquids, or cold ones for that matter, it’s a sign that there could be something more serious happening in your mouth that needs attention.
Whether you already experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperature, or would like to avoid it, we recommend you do the following:
It’s important to remember that enamel does not regenerate and therefore, once it’s worn away, you will need to find alternate methods to treat the issue.
We recommend regular visits with one of our dentists as this is the best way to identify potential issues with enough time to take action.
If you’re experiencing temperature sensitive teeth or would like to find out more about available treatments, please feel free to contact us.
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