Cold Sensitivity – You Don’t Have to Live in Fear of Cold Foods
Do you avoid cold foods and drinks because they hurt your teeth? Tooth sensitivity to cold should not be ignored, because it may be caused by something that needs to be fixed right away.
Sometimes, cold sensitivity is caused by the root of the tooth becoming exposed after gum recession. The root does not have the same protective coating as the rest of our teeth and this causes the sensitivity. Talk with your dentist about some home care remedies. Some of these are as easy as always using a soft bristled tooth brush or using a special toothpaste.
Lingering cold sensitivity can also be cause by a diseased nerve in your tooth and may require a root canal. When your tooth nerve begins to die, it does not respond to cold like it should. Cold testing inspects proper tooth nerve function. Often, a refrigerant sprayed on a cotton pellet is placed on a tooth to test normal function. A healthy tooth nerve will feel sense slight discomfort from the cold and will return to normal when the cold pellet is removed. A diseased tooth will have a hypersensitive, lingering response to cold or may have no sensation at all. This sensitivity requires root canal treatment by an endodontist to help you return to full oral health.
Andrew Stubbs, DMD is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists. He is a graduate of Boston University and maintains an ecofriendly dental practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Stubbs specializes in root canal treatment and provides sedation dental treatment for patients from all over the Denver area.