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Sensitivity and Pain

Tooth Sensitivity Leads to Pain

Tooth sensitivity is often a forerunner to a bigger problem, and while certain cases are temporary, you must closely monitor sensitivity and seek help before it becomes chronic pain.

Temporary Sensitivity

If you had recent dental work, your tooth and surrounding teeth may develop a mild sensitivity to chewing or drinking hot and cold liquids. This should subside within a couple of days. If not, please call our clinic.

Bleaching your teeth will also cause temporary pain that will decrease over time.

As a rule of thumb, any tooth sensitivity that lasts more than a week should be checked by your dentist.

Chronic Sensitivity

Different conditions may cause lingering tooth sensitivity. The most common ones are:

  1. Tooth decay that, if left untreated, may transform into an abscess
  2. Nocturnal or diurnal teeth grinding
  3. Cracked tooth
  4. Thinned enamel
  5. Plaque build-up

The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity, or diminish its effects when present, is to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth paired with a soft bristle toothbrush, floss and rinse your mouth with fluoride or antiseptic mouthwash daily, and get regular check-ups.


If you suffer from constant throbbing or shooting pain that keeps you awake at night or prevents you from eating or going about your normal activities, call us for an urgent care appointment.

Act quickly when you have sensitive or painful teeth. Call our clinic to identify the cause and begin a preventative or curative treatment.

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