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If your discomfort lasts only moments, the sensitivity generally does not signal a problem. It may be caused by a loose filling or by minimal gum recession exposing small areas of the root surface
Tip! – Try using toothpastes made for sensitive teeth and brush up and down with a soft brush.
Dental work can inflame the pulp inside your tooth, causing temporary sensitivity.
Tip! – Your sensitivity should reduce and disappear after four to six weeks. If the pain persists or worsens, please see your dentist.
This can be caused by either decay, a loose filling or a crack in the tooth. There may be damage to the pulp tissue inside your tooth.
Tip! – See your dentist for an evaluation. If you have a cracked tooth, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist, who specialise in procedures relating to the inner soft tissue of the tooth (the pulp). Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment, can relieve your pain.
This likely means that the pulp in your tooth has been damaged by deep decay or physical trauma.
Tip! – See your dentist or endodontist, who can save your tooth with root canal treatment.
One of your teeth may have become abscessed, causing the surrounding bone to become infected.
Tip! – See your endodontist for evaluation and treatment to relieve your pain and save your tooth. Over-the-counter analgesics can help until your endodontist appointment.
The pain of a sinus headache is often felt in your face and teeth. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can also cause this type of ache.
Tip! – For a sinus headache, try over-the-counter analgesics or sinus medication. For bruxism, see your dentist or endodontist for evaluation, especially if your pain is chronic and severe.
Pulp-damaged teeth can sometimes cause pain in other parts of your head and neck. Other dental or medical problems may also be responsible for this chronic pain.
Tip! – See your endodontist for an evaluation. If the problem is not related to your tooth, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.
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