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Root Sensitivity: What Causes It and What We Can Do

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Sensitivity to hot and cold or pain while chewing or biting down are just a couple symptoms of root sensitivity. This condition can be very painful and debilitating for patients, and it's important to seek out treatment in the case that your sensitivity may be caused by a dental infection. Here is what you should know about root sensitivity and how to manage it.

What Causes Root Sensitivity?

It is important to determine the underlying cause of your condition in order to select the most effective treatment option. Some of the causes of root sensitivity may be:

  • Decay that has progressed into the nerve or pulp of your tooth. This will require root ...

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Coping with Sensitive Roots? Call Your Dentist Right Away

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If you have tooth or root sensitivity, it can sometimes be difficult to find relief. What causes this discomfort? Is there anything your dentist can do to help alleviate the sensitivity? Are there things you can do at home to help? Here is the information you need to manage root sensitivity effectively.

What Causes Root Sensitivity?

There are a number of factors that can cause root sensitivity, and determining the source of yours will help you alleviate it. Some things that can contribute to root sensitivity are:

  • Flossing or brushing too vigorously
  • Tooth decay or a leaky filling
  • Gum recession or periodontal disease
  • Infection or inflammation in the pulp of the tooth
  • Heavy biting forces or a ...

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Pain, Swelling, Discoloration: When to Call the Dentist

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Your tooth feels sensitive when you enjoy your favorite dessert - ice cream! The sharp pain goes away, so you're not sure if you should be concerned or if it's time to contact your dentist. At this point, you may not need immediate attention, but it's likely a good idea to schedule an examination and cleaning with your dental team. Your tooth may have decay that should be removed before it progresses. Here are some other signs that you should contact your dentist.

Chronic Pain or Swelling

If your sensitivity has progressed to constant pain or you notice swelling around your tooth, you should contact your dentist right away. This is likely ...

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3 Reasons Why We Might Recommend a Root Canal

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When a dentist recommends that you receive a root canal treatment, it can be scary. Even though root canals are one of the most commonly feared dental procedures, it is actually pain-free when performed by an experienced dentist. 

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment is usually recommended when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed. This procedure involves removing the damaged inner area of a tooth, called the pulp, and then cleaning and filling the area. Typically a crown is needed after the treatment as well. The treatment begins with x-rays, allowing your dentist to fully see the affected area of your tooth. Local anesthesia is usually used ...

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Root Canal Process

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Many people are afraid that root canal treatments will be painful, but in fact, a root canal is performed in order to relieve pain. Root canals are needed when a tooth experiences severe decay and infection. This often causes intense pain for the patient. If you aren't making those regular dentist visits, you are at a bigger risk for a root canal since you won't be able to catch and treat cavities before they become more serious. 

Once tooth decay reaches the inside of your tooth, it's too severe to fill with a regular dental filling. It can also cause an infection in the pulp of your tooth, which can ...

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