Do You Experience a Cold Sensitive Tooth?
Causes of a Cold Sensitive Tooth
- A cracked tooth easily can result in a cold sensitive tooth. (Please type in “Cracked Tooth” in the search box.)
- A deep filling or even a recent filling or crown can create a temporary sensitivity to cold. If there is a microscopic or pin-point exposure to the pulp horn, cold sensitivity may be present and further treatment may be required.
- Sensitivity to cold may be the result of deep decay, cracked tooth leakage, a split tooth, or traumatic occlusion. See your dentist immediately.
- Tooth Brush Abrasion (TBA) is the most frequent cause of cold sensitivity of teeth. TBA causes the recession of the gums and bone, and can expose the hollow rods of the dentin on the roots. The roots are not covered with protective enamel and the thermoconductivity, especially with cold, transfers directly to the pulp and nerve of the tooth. TBA usually occurs on patients who try very hard to keep their mouth and teeth clean and just over-do it with the brush, actually brushing improperly and too hard. They often use a medium or hard toothbrush when a soft one does a better job. The Sonicare battery powered brush will eliminate this habit.
- Grinding Teeth or Clenching Teeth may result in hypersensitivity to cold
- Mobil teeth due to bone loss may also be sensitive to cold
- Most of the Whitening procedures create a mild and brief (one or two days) sensitivity to cold
Today’s Dentist, American Dental Association-Life Member, Emeritus Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry