Tooth sensitivity is a very distressing condition. Those who suffer from it may find themselves unable to carry out basic daily activities. The nerves in our mouths are generally protected by layers of soft tissue, but they can be exposed for a variety of reasons.

What make teeth sensitive
There are a number of reasons why a person may experience pain in their teeth from sensitivity to normal functions, like eating and brushing. Here are some of the common culprits:

Dentin hypersensitivity — The teeth are made up of three distinct layers of material: the outer enamel, the dentin beneath it, and the innermost layer of tooth pulp. Dentinal sensitivity is caused by dentin being exposed through erosion of the enamel.

Tooth pulp inflammation — Each tooth contains a network of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that works together to maintain the health of the teeth. Bacteria entering the inner layer of a tooth invade damaged tissue, resulting in an infection.

Apical periodontitis — Apical periodontitis occurs when bacteria enters the tooth pulp and causes an inflammation around the root of the tooth. Bacteria may enter the pulp of a decaying tooth in two ways: an infected tooth, or a dental implant. When this happens, severe pain can begin affecting your life for weeks or months at a time.

Periodontal abscess — Gum irritation and pain are caused by gum inflammation and infection. As the gums gather debris and deepen, they create an immune response against the region in order to prevent the infection from spreading. Pus may develop as a result of this immunological reaction.

Through preventative treatments, you have a much better chance at avoiding the more invasive treatments like root canals, crowns, or extractions. Contact the professionals at Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants to learn more about oral hygiene, examinations, and dental implants.