Tooth Sensitivity and Chewing
By Dr. Ribeiro on March 10, 2017
Have you bitten down on something and felt pain in your tooth? It may have been alarming, especially if what you were eating wasn’t anything particularly hard. Tooth sensitivity from chewing can arise from a variety of different dental complications ranging from cracks to infections to fillings. To diagnose and correct the problem, you need to see an experienced dentist like Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro. His general dentistry practice in Clarksville, TN uses state-of-the-art technology and advanced techniques to minimize patient discomfort.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity from Chewing
You may feel pain in a particular tooth every time you bite down. Or, you may only feel pain intermittently. In either case, the sensitivity is a sign of more serious complications that require treatment. There are several potential causes of this type of sensitivity, and you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ribeiro so he can fully examine the tooth.
Causes of tooth sensitivity from chewing may include:
- An infection of the tooth
- A poor-fitting or damaged restoration, such as a filling or crown
- A cracked tooth
- Bite misalignment due to poor dental work
It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any tooth pain. All of the above causes put your oral health and your overall health at risk for more severe complications. Even a poor-fitting dental crown can compromise your oral health by leaving you vulnerable to bacteria.
Treatment for this type of tooth sensitivity will vary depending on the cause.
- Tooth Infections: If your tooth is infected, you may need root canal therapy. This treatment eliminates the infection from the tooth and then seals the tooth roots with a rubber filling. A strong dental crown then covers the tooth structure.
- Poor-Fitting/Damaged Restorations: Whether your filling or crown fits poorly or it suffered some sort of damage, the only solution is to replace it. Dr. Ribeiro uses beautiful, lifelike restorations, and he can replace restorations placed by other, less experienced dentists.
- Cracked Tooth: Before a cracked tooth becomes more serious, Dr. Ribeiro can repair the tooth with a filling or crown. If the crack progresses, treatment may include root canal therapy.
- Bite Misalignment Due to Poor Dental Work: Dr. Ribeiro can replace any ill-fitting restorations, such as crowns, fillings, bridges, and dentures that create an uncomfortable bite. For severe misalignment issues, he may recommend orthodontic treatment in addition to the placement of new dental work.
Benefits of Treatment
After seeking treatment for tooth sensitivity, you should notice immediate improvements in your sensitivity levels. More importantly, these treatments can preserve your teeth. Without treatment, a tooth infection or cracked tooth could lead to tooth loss. Damaged or poor-fitting restorations raise the risk of tooth decay, which can also lead to infection and tooth loss.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Tooth sensitivity from chewing is not something you should wait out. If you notice pain in your teeth when you bite down, contact our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
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