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  • Sensitivity after dental work: I first had 2 (RCT) done, 1 on each side on my lower jaw. I later had those root canaled teeth pulled. After the holes closed and healed, my teeth next to those were sensitive to cold/crunchy foods. The dentist worked on them, stating my bite may be off. I went back again due to the same pain and again they ground them down. I went back again (3 times in 1 month) and again they trimmed them. The dentist told me its normal to experience what I was feeling and to give it a month. It's been 3 months now and I am at my wits end. It is nerve wrecking and uncomfortable to continue to deal with this. Do you have any suggestions to what the problem is or what I should tell the dentist to "try" next? Please help! ...Visitor from Memphis     (answer)

  • Lasers to treat tooth sensitivity: I had to have an old filling replaced, which turned out fine until I had to go back to the dentist to have him ground down the new filling so that my bite was even. On the second visit I mentioned that I was experiencing some sensitivity with that tooth. My dentist wanted to try a new laser procedure he had just learned about at a recent training. The procedure was very painful, it didn't work, and now the groove at the top of my tooth where the sensitive area was feels larger and "ragged.". Additionally, the tooth in front of that one appears to have a groove in it now. Could my dentist have done the procedure incorrectly? Can it be fixed? I am afraid to go back. What can be done? ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • How to treat sensitive and transparent teeth?: A little piece of my front tooth is broken and all of my front teeth are really transparent at the edges and really sensitive. I want to know if there is a way to fix the broken piece and make my teeth stronger? ...Visitor from Algeria     (answer)

  • Mouth and thinning teeth: Over the past year my mouth has started feeling like I just ate a non ripe banana, which leaves your teeth feeling really gritty. My tongue is yellow sometimes and now both of my top front teeth and one of my bottom front teeth have become thin and sensitive. Help. I am afraid I'll loose my teeth. I've seen an ENT.. and my Dentist. The ENT put me through a battery of tests and found nothing. And my dentist says it's just stress. I'm afraid to bite into an apple. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • I have spent $5000 on my teeth in the last year. I've had several fillings done, one being a deep filling. I have very thin enamel, but really had no problems with my teeth until a couple years ago. My teeth are extremely sensitive. I can't eat anything cold, sweet, hard. I cannot chew gum or use mouthwash. My dentist prescribed Gel-kam and suggested Sensodyne toothpaste. Both of these products cause extreme pain when I try to use them. I have found a generic toothpaste which I can use with warm water for brushing. I'm at wits end, and thinking of getting teeth removed and dentures. My teeth don't look bad, but I have very dry mouth and the sensitivity is horrible ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • I had a filling done a month ago. Ever since then the tooth on that side of my mouth has gotten more and more sensitive to hot and cold foods to the point where if it's not room temperature I can't eat it. Will this go away or this this normal? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Dental Sensitivity/ Root Canal Issues/ Abnormal Decay: I am AVID about my oral hygiene and use all the right products and at home. Even RX flouride toothpaste and an electric toothbrush. I've been told by my dentist that I have abnormally fast tooth decay. I've had many fillings and crowns, almost every one of them requiring a root canal a short time later due to EXTREME tooth sensitivity and pain. I've also been told I have abnormally long roots, which require a specialist to perform the root canals. No one can figure out why my teeth are rapidly decaying. My diet is not high in sugar or acidic. I don't drink sugary drinks, candy, or juice. I also experience phantom pain in teeth that appear fine on xrays. Ideas? Please help! Going broke ...Visitor from KY     (answer)

  • Bite problem: I had a full set of crowns placed about 8 months ago. These were made of lithium disilicate. Most of the teeth are fine but the 2 back upper and lower molars on both sides are painful when I chew food, especially hard food, and they are cold sensitive as well. I have been going to the dentist weekly to try to solve the problem but she seems to be at a loss as to why it is still painful. Could an improper bite be causing these problems and how can I tell if my bite is correct? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • About 1/2 hour after a walk or run outside in only moderately cool to cold weather (+15 - -20 degrees Celsius) pain begins in my teeth and escalates to the point of migraine headache complete with naseau, although I have never actually vomitted. Sometimes all teeth (except the upper two, front ones, which are "dead" due to previous injury and subsequent root canal) throb with pain, sometimes only the bottom, and sometimes one side more than the other, on either side. The pain is unbearable and even with Fiorinal (prescribed for migraine) does not ever completely subside for several hours. Intensity of pain seems to be related to degree of cold and degree of exertion (I run and cross-country ski). Continuing to be physically active after coming in from the cold seems to alleviate the pain and often seems to prevent it. During this year's annual cross-country ski vacation, (five days of skiing most of the day, when normally, work prevents this level of activity) there was only sensitivity the first day. Of course, it is not possible to keep up this kind of activity for hours after being out in the cold when not on vacation. Pain lasts for hours and is often still present the next day after a 3 pm outing with the dog for a run, or even just a walk. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth doesn't make one bit of difference. I wear an upper mouthguard at night because of grinding my teeth. Help is needed. My dentist has been informed but has not suggested any treatment other than the mouthguard and toothpaste. ...Nancy in Ontario     (answer)

  • For 40 years, my teeth have not been sensitive. About 5 years ago, I had a mercury filling replaced with a new filling material (1 tooth only) that is more natural looking. But now ALL of my teeth are sensitive, especially when eating ice cream. They also seem to feel loose at times, especially after I floss. I get my teeth checked every 6 months, and my dentist never finds any cavities or problems and tells me to use Sensodyne. What else can be wrong? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • A couple of months ago, my husband had a few fillings put in his teeth. Some were pretty extensive. They were his upper front teeth and some teeth on the left-hand side. Since then he has developed an EXTREME amount of sensitivity. It's to everything. Hot, cold, even the air he breathes when he's working, etc. We've tried the dental toothpastes. They don't work at all. Our dental insurance is tapped out for the year now since he had the work done so we can't go back to the dentist right away. It's getting worse every day and making him very miserable. Can you suggest anything, please? ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • I am terrified of dentistry. I have not seen a dentist in two years, before that it had been six years. I've always had tooth and gum problems. I had an extra set of teeth in my lower jaw that were removed and the still existing teeth were pulled to the surface and fitted with braces. I needed a gum graft on one of my teeth because of this procedure. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Shortly after, I was given a palette expander. Now I have 24 teeth with a lot of space between them. I have always, since I was a small child, religiously brushed and flossed my teeth. The few times that I've gone for a cleaning, the dentist has no idea that I don't get professionally cleaning every six months. Here's my problem. I can't tolerate hot, cold, sweet, or sour. If I eat a cookie, I have to floss and brush and rinse right away, or I'm in pain. Even normal healthy food causes discomfort, so I tend to chew quickly and not efficiently. I think it is messing up my stomach. I've lost about ten pounds in the past six months. What I don't understand is how I can floss everyday, without incident, no blood, nothing and still experience what seems like gum disease. My gums are firm and pink, but they seem to be receding at an alarming rate. I know that I grind my teeth, fortunately they are not loose, could this be causing all of my problems? What is happening? I'm at my wit's end, but I'm afraid to go to the dentist for fear of needing more grafting. What should I do? I can't stand not enjoying a good ice cream cone now and again. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have had for approximately 2 weeks hot and cold pain in one tooth, upper left back. I went to the dentist who took an x-ray and did not find anything and suggested a cleaning and scaling. I do not believe that a scaling will help my one tooth get better. Is there another, better form to tell if you have a cavity than an x-ray and should I get a second opinion? Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Overly vigorous brushing has resulted in progressively worse sensitive teeth near the gumline for a number of years. My dentist suggests treating this with a procedure by which some of the tooth is ground away and a type of filling or coating is adhered to the teeth to protect from further damage. I have never had any cavities or fillings. I am sceptical of a any procedure which requires grinding away part of the good tooth to treat the sensitivity. Is this a common treatment for sensitive teeth? If I do not have the procedure, what are the potential consequences? ...Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • I recently (over a week ago) had four cavities filled with ceramic fillings. Since the scary dentist visit, my teeth became strangely sensitive--ALL of my molars. One bottom row of teeth especially, where I only had a very small filling put in, is more than sensitive now. I woke up to throbbing pain this morning, and have had intermittent pain for the past few days. Could the Novocaine injections have left my nerves somehow debilitated, or injured? My dentist had to give me quite a few (as many as five) shots of the stuff, all at once. It seems odd that I would have another, actually pain-inducing cavity, that had been undetected by my dentist. This pain is no where near as nightmarish as I have read in many other visitors' questions, but it was enough to wake me up and get me to call my (closed) dentist's office to try to sneak a visit in ASAP, and to get online to seek your guidance, too. Thank you for your time. ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • My dentist gave me a do it at home bleaching treatement. I used it for 1 week, I was supposed to use it for 2 weeks, but I stopped using it because of the high level of sensitivity of my teeth and gums. I used sensodine-f. Now the pain is gone. I did not achieve the level of whiteness desired. I want to start again but I'm afraid the pain will start again. Tell me should I use sensodine just prior to the treatment and in the morning after removing the tray. I was also told by my dentist that I can use fluoride and let it soak in my mouth fof 5 minutes in order to help with the sensitivity. Should I use all this in combination with the bleaching kit or not. I do want to get my teeth whiter but the pain was just terrible. What do you recommend? ...Visitor from Montreal, Quebec Canada     (answer)

  • I am 24 years old and was recently informed that I have hypocalcification along with 3 cavities. All my teeth are extremely sensitive to cold and sweets. The dentist is currently filling in the cavities and suggesting fluoride treatments. What procedures can be used to stop the sensitivity in all my teeth and prevent further decalcification? Would fluoride treatments be enough? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I had an old mercury filling replaced by a bonding material back in June 2003 because my dentist said I had microcracks in it. He said it wasn't a deep filling, but after he worked on the tooth I had more sensitivity than I had previously. He made several bite adjustments, but to no avail. The tooth eventually became sensitive to hot and cold and then I had a root canal performed in mid-July. It felt much better until mid-August when I began to feel more sensitivity in tooth when biting down. When I went back for the 2nd visit with the endodontist, I felt much discomfort when he was cleaning out one of the canals. After he finished, he took an x-ray and said it looked good. I was still experiencing sensitivity after that visit. I eventually had a second root canal done by him on the same tooth in mid-October. I was in more pain after this one, than the first one. That same canal I had a problem with the first time, hurt even more this time. I don't understand why I would be in more pain this time versus last. He said he didn't find any more canals when he went in the second time. Besides still having sensitivity, every morning when I wake up, that tooth aches. It eventualy subsides during the day. Some days are better than others. Do you have any idea what could be causing this pain? Why would I be experiencing so much discomfort when he went into this one canal? I have been dealing with this tooth for over 5 months and don't know where to go at this point. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Since having permanent crowns put on my teeth, I have sensitivity problem with hot, cold, sore, and sweet now. It still hurts. I still cannot eat/drink hot/cold/sweet/sore food, tea, and milk also without experiencing severe intense pain. Not throbbing, just long lasting and excruciating. Sir, how can this sensitivity be taken care of? ...Visitor from New Dehli, India     (answer)

  • Crowns causing Sensitive Teeth? I have two porcelain crowns and I need yet another. The latest crown which I have had for 2 years is still very sensitive to cold and heat. It hurts sometimes to chew even gum on it. The oldest crown doesn't bother me as much, but does ache after I eat something that chills my entire mouth, like ice cream. My fear is that my entire mouth will hurt if I let him do yet another crown. When I ask him why they hurt, he says he doesn't know why!? Do you think they were done incorrectly, or is this a normal reaction for a tooth with a crown? ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Heat sensitivity after root-canaled tooth: About 6 months ago I had a root canal performed in my #19 molar. Upon opening the tooth the endodontist found 4 root chambers instead of three. I have had severe pain ever since the surgery. When I drink hot beverages or eat hot food, sometimes even breathing in cold air will send some pain in that direction. The endodontist and dentist I went to are acting like it's impossible to have this pain and they keep telling me it must be a different tooth. What are the next steps? Should the crown be removed and perhap another surgery be preformed? I am sick of them telling me that it's impossible or that it's all in my head! ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Long Term Tooth Sensitivity: I have had sensitive teeth for years. Is there a treatment to help this, that can last for several years? I cannot even eat fruits, because the acid makes my teeth hurt for days. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Factors of pyogenic granuloma and ossifying fibroma: Can pyogenic granuloma and ossifying fibroma found in an extraction site #11 cause tapping sensitivity in Tooth #13 which has had a root canal and apicoectomy to try to fix this pain - tapping sensitivity (#12 was extracted when I was much younger)? ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Sensitive Tooth: About a year ago I had to get a filling for a "deep" cavity. It was done successfully. Since then that tooth is super sensitive. I have been to the dentist 2 times (other than a regular check up) for the tooth and they keep telling me there is nothing to do about it because the root is fine and has been fine and that they see nothing wrong with the area. They just tell me its sensitive. It seems to be affecting my entire side of the mouth. I can't chew, brush or drink near that tooth. Isn't there anything to do about it? ...Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Traveling Tooth Pain / Sensitivity: For the last three weeks, I have experienced pain from the all of my teeth on the upper left side. The pain is worst in the second and third teeth from the back, but it seems to spread out from there to all the surrounding teeth. The pain is triggered mostly from sensitivity to cold and hot foods and drinks, but sometimes the pain comes on by itself with no food to stimulate it. I went to my dentist, who took a panoramic x-ray and didn't see any problems with the teeth or gums. He gave me a nightguard, saying the pain could be due to teeth grinding but it hasn't helped. I get headaches and pain behind my eyes regularly. Pushing on the painful areas temporarily relieves the pain. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Sensitive Teeth - Weak Tooth Enamel? My wife is having sensitive teeth, as she complains of toothache as soon as she eats something sweet or cold. As per local dentists they say that its due to weak enamel layer and she just has to get the filling done in the open spaces between the teeth and the gums. Is there any way to get the enamel layer back on the teeth? She just can't eat anything sweet or cold. Is there any solution or paste which she can apply on her teeth and get her teeth enamel back? ...Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Sensitivity in my Teeth: I had sensitivity in my upper and lower back teeth since past 1 month. My dentist suggested that I go for composite filling as I had abraded teeth near the gum line. After getting the procedure done there was no change in the sensitivity. Later my dentist suggested a full mouth x-ray saying that there might be underlying periodontal disease, which was true to some extent as after seeing the x-ray. He said that there is moderate bone loss and we go in for curettage and still if the problem does not subside I may have to go in for PDL surgery. I want to know if what he is suggesting is right and will my sensitivity reduce after this procedure? I was on hormonal medicatiion for 1 yr. ...Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Non-Specific Tooth Pain: A few weeks ago, I caught myself bruxing in my sleep. The next day, when drinking coffee, I experienced sharp sensitivity to heat in my lower right teeth. I went to the dentist the next day to have my teeth checked out. So far I have seen five different dentists, including endodontists about the problem. Each examined, took x-rays, tested each tooth, checked for cracks, etc. They could not find the problem in my teeth, even though they understand that I have pain from that area along with lymph node swelling. I was given muscle relaxants and a mouthguard. I was told by the endodontists that they do not recommend performing endo therapy and that I should see a neurologist. What should I do? ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Filling causes sensitivity and pain: I had a composite filling done recently (to replace an old amalgam that had moderate decay). Afterward, my molar was very sensitive to pressure (not heat or cold) and my dentist reshaped the composite as he guessed it was "high." A few days later it is still sensitive to chewing pressure, and now to touch. I experience that small zing or shock when I brush the tooth and when I scrape or poke at it with my fingernail. Does it just need more time to heal, more reshaping, or is something else wrong? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Sensitivity and veneers: Will the application of veneers such as Lumineer help prevent sensivity in teeth? ...Visitor from NE     (answer)

  • Gum Disease treatment causes extreme tooth sensitivity: After 4-5 years, I finally went to the dentist earlier this year. It was found that I was developing periodontis. I am sure from smoking for 6-7 years. About 3 years ago I experienced severe gum bleeding and pain, but it went away after about a week. When my teeth starting feeling "weak" I finally decided to go to the dentist. They did a deep cleaning and since then I get a pain in my teeth and can't even breathe without the air hurting my teeth. I started using Sensodyne, but I was told that prolonged sensitivity is a sign of something seriously wrong. I am not sure what to do. ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I have had sensitivity problems in #9 for about 1.5 yrs now. My dentist has looked at it and does not see a problem. I am still in pain. Often it hurts (nervy pain) when i'am just hanging out and not eating or drinking anything. I did get an NTI because I clench at night and i was clenching at the time the problem started. My dentist seems to think it will be ok but I am worried that my tooth may be cracked. I did the light test and the light does not pass thru at one particular angle. I am getting obsessed with this, particularly since it's a front tooth. I was told that upper incisors are the hardest to pull and that worries me. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

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