October 03, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Last week we introduced tooth sensitivity. Continuing our discussion from our last post, we now look at some common causes of sensitive teeth. 

Sensitive Teeth Rockville DentistBelow are five common causes of sensitive teeth in no particular order:

Dental trauma (injury) - If your tooth has experienced an injury like a bruise, crack, or fracture, it can cause your tooth to become sensitive. You may even feel sensitivity during a cleaning or having a filling placed. Once your injury heals, your sensitivity should subside.

Uneven bite - If your teeth are not properly aligned, and are hitting too soon or with too much force, it can cause tooth sensitivity. Your teeth may not be aligned correctly due to thumb sucking, losing jaw bone density, or losing one or more teeth. If you receive a bite adjustment, your sensitivity will cease.    

Tooth decay - If you have a cavity, you will experience sensitivity when consuming something hot or cold, or something that contains a lot of sugar. This sensitivity comes from germs and bacteria reaching to nerves of your teeth. Once you receive a filling, or another type of restoration, the sensitivity should subside. 

Dental infection - If you have some type of infection in your tooth you may experience some sensitivity. Once the infection is cleared your sensitivity will disappear. If you do not have your infection cleared it can cause extreme sensitivity as well as serious health issues. 

Dentinal sensitivity - Your enamel is the protective barrier of your tooth. If your enamel has been worn down, your dentin becomes exposed. If your dentin becomes exposed it can causes discolored teeth and tooth sensitivity, A fluoride treatment will help strengthen your enamel.

Make sure to be on the look out for our next blog post where we will discuss what causes enamel to wear down and expose the tooth’s dentin. If you are in the Rockville, MD area and would like to see Dr. Samuels about your tooth sensitivity, or any other dental health issues, please contact us today at 301-881-4200.


11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
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