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Root Sensitivity: What Causes It and What We Can Do

October 28, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Youngwoo Joo
Woman With Jaw Pain

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 canal treatment in Toronto in order to preserve your natural tooth.
  • Bite misalignment can cause undue pressure on certain teeth, which could lead to sensitivity. You might consider orthodontics or other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers that can correct misalignment issues.
  • A dental filling that has not been placed properly could lead to sensitivity. Your restoration may need to be redone.
  • Gum recession can lead to irritation of the roots. Dental bonding or gum grafting could help protect your roots from exposure.
  • Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth can cause sensitivity. Wearing a night guard at night while you sleep can help protect your teeth from the damage that bruxism can cause.

Regular Dental Visits in Etobicoke

Visiting your dentist consistently every 6 months will allow them to help you manage any sensitivity you may be experiencing in a timely manner, which may mean less invasive treatment options. With so many treatment options available, there's no reason for you to live with root sensitivity. Be sure to discuss any issues with the sensitivity you may be having with your Toronto Lakeshore Dental team so they can help eliminate your discomfort.