Why do I feel a sharp sensation in my teeth?
An ice cold drink. A cup of hot tea. If you have sensitive teeth, everyday foods and drinks can unexpectedly trigger a jolt of sudden and sharp sensation. That short, sharp sensation is what people with tooth sensitivity experience.
Tooth sensitivity can occur in just 1 tooth—you don’t have to feel the sensation in every tooth to have sensitive teeth.
Cavities & Tooth Decay
Unlike tooth sensitivity, tooth pain caused by a cavity can range from a short sharp feeling to a dull ache. Ask your dentist to make a diagnosis.1
Tooth pain as a result of trauma (e.g. sports injuries) could be due to a fracture along the tooth. Ask your dentist to make a diagnosis.
Bleaching treatments used to whiten your teeth at home can cause you to experience tooth pain. Ask your dentist for professional advice on tooth whitening.2, 3
Jaw joint disorders
Excessive grinding or clenching of the jaw can cause pain in your jaw, that can feel like tooth ache. A range of causes including stress have been linked to causing jaw joint disorders. Ask your dentist to make a diagnosis.
Not Sure If You Have Sensitive Teeth?
Do you feel a short, sharp sensation in your teeth when you consume something cold, hot, sweet, or sour?
Do you avoid certain cold or hot foods and drinks to avoid this short, sharp, sensation? (For example, ice cream.)
How often do you feel this short, sharp sensation in your teeth?
Based on your answers, you may have symptoms of sensitive teeth.
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Based on your answers, it looks like you may not have symptoms of sensitive teeth.
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