Neglecting, for a long time, the smallest of dental pains can lead, at some point, directly to the brink of truly unforgettable suffering.
Most patients are mainly afraid of caries and ignore other signs such as short-lived pain.
These pains occur when cold or hot foods are consumed.
Because they don’t last more than a few seconds, most people ignore them.
Dental sensitivity (the source of these small, tolerable pains), however, can worsen over time and lead to serious problems.
When can tooth sensitivity turn into gingivitis?
Tartar builds up around the tooth, above and below the gum.
The toxins that plaque produces can lead to inflammation. Left untreated, periodontal disease gradually progresses and the gums begin to recede from the teeth, exposing the dentin layer.
Dentin is a network made up of a large number of tubes running from the outside to the inside of the tooth.
When the dentin is exposed, these tubes come into contact with temperature changes and stimulate the nerves. This is when tension is created and pain occurs.
The most sensitive and most affected place is the gingival sulcus, as this area is often neglected during brushing. This is where gingivitis can start.
Excessive brushing or a toothbrush that is too rough can often accelerate this sensitivity, as can bruxism (forced contact between teeth, with or without noise, which occurs day or night), or simply poor hygiene.
In addition to the danger of plaque, you should also be aware of several other factors such as smoking, irregular dentition or hormonal disorders, which contribute to the development of gum disease.
Sensitivity is treatable even if these pains are no more than a flash or a tingle and should be taken seriously because it can develop into a more serious form.
Gum disease involves not only inflammation of the gums but also of the bone around the teeth. In addition to tenderness causing pain, bleeding can also occur.
If gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is ignored, there is a risk that the condition will develop into marginal periodontitis (inflammation of the periodontal tissues).
Another type of pain, similar to tooth sensitivity, is pain after dental fillings. This type of pain is common after patients have had a filling.
Teeth may become sensitive for a while to the sweet taste or differences in pressure or temperature.
Usually, this pain will go away on its own over time as the process of neo-dentinogenesis develops.
Your teeth may also hurt due to the appearance of wisdom teeth, especially when they are not properly aligned.
Worse is when they are embedded in the jawbone and the gums become extremely sensitive.
Another cause can be a fractured or cracked tooth and finally the number one source, decay. It involves the gradual loss of dental hard tissue under the action of several factors, such as increased sugar consumption, smoking, stress and many others.
It is preferable to follow the rules of hygiene and to treat tooth decay at an early stage, otherwise the tooth structure will deteriorate and the pain of decay cannot be avoided.
Although today there are all kinds of more or less effective remedies in circulation, depending on the real cause, the only one who will diagnose and treat toothache correctly is the dentist.