Tooth sensitivity can mean many different things. It is often a sign that something is wrong with a tooth or teeth. There are many reasons that tooth sensitivity occurs.
Hot or cold sensitivity is common. Others feel sensitivity to pressure on their teeth from biting down. While tooth sensitivity is often a sign of a problem, for some it is not a big problem. In fact, some may notice that after they get a filling, the tooth sensitivity decreases. This is what is going on.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
There are many reasons you may have sensitivity in your teeth. Many people suffer from sensitivity to extreme hot or cold temperatures. This can come from a cavity or some other issue with your teeth. One of the most common reasons for sensitivity involves the enamel of the teeth.
The enamel is the protective coating of the teeth. Eating acidic foods or not following good oral hygiene practices can lead to a breakdown in the enamel which exposes the layers of the teeth beneath the enamel. These exposed areas are often sensitive to the hot and cold. They can also become a place where bacteria grow, leading to a cavity in the teeth.
What Happens When You Get a Filling
If a cavity forms inside of a tooth, the best way to deal with it is through a filling. The filling replaces the cavity with some type of material. Because there is no longer a hole in your tooth, it can become less sensitive to changing temperatures. It will also provide more support if you feel sensitivity when you bite down on the tooth.
After you get a filling, you may notice more sensitivity for a short time. This is because of the work that was done and is something that should subside in a relatively short time after getting the filling.
Contact our office to learn how we can help with your sensitivity.
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