Teeth become sensitive when they interpret ordinary sensations to cold, heat or pressure as pain. The most frequent causes of sensitivity in teeth are:
- rapid expansion or contraction of teeth due to rapid changes in temperature;
- excessive loss of the tooth’s protective enamel through attrition, teeth grinding or bruxism, prolonged oral acids such as reflux, or heavy brushing;
- the recession of the gingival or gum tissues that usually cover the more sensitive and porous root surfaces of teeth;
- dry mouth conditions;
- cracks on the surface of teeth or fillings, which act to increase the effects of temperature changes; and
- the incorrect use of whitening agents, e.g. over-the-counter whitening toothpaste or abrasive smoker’s toothpaste.
Depending on the cause of teeth sensitivity, we have many ways to treat the sensitivity and return our patients to a normal lifestyle and diet without the adverse effects of teeth sensitivities.
A sensitive tooth should be addressed as soon as possible because if left untreated, it may develop into more severe throbbing pain. Prolonged teeth sensitivity may indicate or lead to irreversible nerve damage of the tooth and may require more expensive treatment such as root canal therapy or crowns.
Many conditions can cause teeth to become “crooked”. A “crooked bite” or “malocclusion” can lead to:
- low self-esteem;
- the reduction in the ability to properly chew foods, or speak correctly; and
- food traps leading to higher risks of developing dental caries and gum infections.
Common causes of malocclusion include oral habits such as thumb-sucking, pre-mature loss of teeth, extra teeth, teeth-to-jaw size discrepancies, accidents or developmental conditions.
An early examination and detection of malocclusion will prevent malocclusions from causing major dental problems.
There are now many options available for the restoration of missing teeth. Our aim initially is always to avoid such occurrences from happening.
The most common treatments in the restoration of a missing tooth or missing teeth include: