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Defining Dentin Hypersensitivity

Posted on 10/25/2016 by Sundberg Office
A woman suffering from hypersensitive teeth!
If you have ever experienced a severely sensitive tooth, then you may have felt some of what dentin hypersensitivity is. Instead of just having a sensitive tooth, those with dentin hypersensitivity experience pain in their teeth from nearly any type of stimulation. It is important that you know the difference between having a sensitive tooth and hypersensitivity, as the treatment for each varies, as does what happens during an episode of sensitivity.

The Type of Stimuli That Hurts with Dentin Hypersensitivity

Anything can hurt someone suffering from dentin hypersensitivity. Instead of it needing to be a hot or cold beverage or item of food that hurts your teeth, if you suffer from dentin hypersensitivity, even hot or cold air could cause pain.

The pain is also a lot more severe when you have dentin hypersensitivity because random strands of dentin in your teeth are hypersensitive to any type of change. This can be touching your teeth, eating something outside of the temperature of your mouth, sweets, salty foods, and even bitter items, and more!

Most dentists are unfamiliar with how to diagnose full dentin hypersensitivity because of the fact that it is something that is not easy to see, but dentists have figured out a few things along the way while helping to treat others. First of all, most patients with dentin hypersensitivity also suffer from some type of gum disease issue, that if fixed, does make the pain better and less intense.

Second, over the counter remedies don't often help much, but they do allow the patient to be proactive and help their treatment so it can be effective in that regard. Finally, life doesn't end with dentin hypersensitivity. Your dentist may need a little help figuring out how to best treat your case, but they will keep working at it with you until your pain is under control.

Please contact us you have any questions about your oral health.

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