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Sensitive Teeth & Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Do your teeth hurt when you bite down on something hard or eat something cold or hot? Read on to find out what may be causing your problem.

Sensitive Teeth
If you occassionally experience a sudden flash of pain, or a mild tingly feeling when you bite into sweet or sour foods, or drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth.
Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.
What causes sensitive teeth?
In healthy teeth, your gums and your teeth's hard enamel shell protect porous tissue called dentin. When this protection is lost, microscopic holes in the dentin called tubules, allow heat, cold and other irritants to be transmitted back to the tooth nerve, triggering pain.
Dentin can be exposed by:
-Receding gums caused by improper brushing or gum disease
-Fractured or chipped teeth
-Clenching or grinding your teeth
Depending on the diagnosis, Dr. Priske may recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve the symptoms of sensitive teeth:
-A soft-bristle toothbrush
-Special toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can either block access to the nerve or make the nerve itself less sensitive
-A flouride rinse or gel for sensitive teeth
Sensitivity protection toothpaste usually takes several weeks to ease pain. Follow the instructions of your dental professional on the regular use of sensitivity protection toothpaste to keep pain from returning.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Teeth may crack when subjected to stress of chewing hard foods or ice, or by biting on an unexpected hard object. Teeth with or without restorations may exhibit this problem, but teeth restored with typical silver alloy restorations are most susceptible.
Any of the following can be symptoms and signs:
-Pain on chewing
-Pain on cold air application
-Unsolicited pain (usually leakage of sugar into tooth crack)
-No radiographic evidence of a problem
-No dental decay present
-Easy verification of crack when tooth is prepared for restoration
Treatment for cracked teeth:
Simple crack:
The majority  of cracked teeth (about nine out of ten) can be treated by placement of a crown on the tooth. When the tooth is prepared for the crown, and a temporary restoration is placed, the pain usually leaves immediately.
If this is the case with your tooth, we will place the final crown without a problem on your next appointment and the condition should be solved.
Complex crack:
Occasionally (about one in ten) the tooth cracks into the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. If pain persists after placement of the temporary crown, you may have a crack into the pulp of the affected tooth. In this situation, the tooth may require endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) prior to the permanent crown being placed.

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