What to Do about Tooth Sensitivity When Chewing

Tooth Sensitivity and Chewing – Toronto, ON

Many people experience oral discomfort. But when issues such as tooth sensitivity are ignored, oral complications may become worse, and the long-term effects on the smile can be devastating. At our dental practice, The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Sol Weiss offers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments to rebuild a damaged smile so that patients can enjoy a full range of oral functions free of pain, discomfort, and heightened tooth sensitivity. For patients dealing with tooth sensitivity when chewing, the treatments offered at our Toronto, ON practice can get to the root of the problem so that oral health and comfort can be restored.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

The outer layer of a tooth, or the enamel, is free of nerves and sensitive tissues. This is why people can usually bite, eat, and chew (even on hard foods) without feeling any pain or discomfort. Conversely, the inner layers of a tooth contain nerves and delicate tissues. In the most basic terms, tooth sensitivity is caused when these sensitive tissues become exposed.

A number of factors can expose the tooth’s nerves, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum recession (often caused by gum disease)
  • Root canal infection
  • Damaged dental work (such as crowns and fillings)

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Many people neglect treatment for tooth sensitivity. It is common for patients to simply avoid chewing on the area of the mouth that is causing pain. While this may relieve oral pain to some degree, it is only a temporary solution.

If a dental problem is the cause of tooth sensitivity, it will continue to progress until dental treatment is administered. Dr. Weiss offers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments that can rebuild damaged tooth enamel, address gum recession, and restore protection to the pulp of the tooth. Depending on the specific cause of each patient’s tooth sensitivity, any of the following restorative treatments may be recommended:

  • Dental filling: A dental filling is ideal for small areas of decay that have created a cavity in the tooth enamel.
  • Inlays or onlay: Inlays and onlays are suitable for larger areas of decay that have caused damage to the biting surface or cusps of the teeth.
  • Dental crown: A dental crown can repair teeth that have been damaged by severe tooth decay. A crown sits over the natural tooth and serves as a protective cap.
  • Root canal therapy: Root canal therapy eliminates nerves and tissues that have been inflamed by infection. This treatment cleans a tooth all the way down to the canals of the roots.
  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is an effective technique for minor to moderate stages of gum disease. This deep cleaning eliminates bacteria, plaque, and tartar from around the teeth and gums. As gum tissues heal, any space between the teeth and gums will close to seal off the roots of the teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity when you chew, don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sol Weiss at your earliest convenience to find out what is causing your discomfort. Dr. Weiss will be happy to recommend a treatment plan that will rebuild your smile and restore oral comfort.