Identifying The Root Of Intense Tooth Sensitivity

In some cases, tooth sensitivity can become so severe that a trip to the dentist is in order.

When you suffer from extreme sensitivity, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to help determine the cause in order to treat it effectively-for example, if your fillings or crowns aren't fitting properly, the culprit may be exposed nerve endings.

Your dentist may also try to pinpoint the cause by asking a series of questions, including the last time you had a professional cleaning, whether or not you bleach your teeth, and how many times a day you brush and floss. He or she may also squirt your teeth with cold air or water to determine where the sensitivity is coming from.

Once the cause and location are identified, in-office procedures can be performed, such as painting exposed root surfaces with the same material used to fill cavities, coating teeth with fluoride to strengthen the enamel, or deep cleaning.

As a last resort, your dentist may perform a root canal to remove the dental nerve, stopping sensitivity at the source.