Tooth nerve pain occurs when the enamel is damaged and the underlying nerves are exposed.

If you have suffered from tooth nerve pain, you will know just how uncomfortable the issue can be. This type of pain generally occurs when the nerve of a tooth is exposed, leading to considerable sensitivity. Certain foods and drinks — such as those that are particularly hot or cold — can trigger pain and make eating and drinking quite uncomfortable. Read on to find out how the problem develops and what you can do to alleviate any unpleasant symptoms that you feel…

When does tooth nerve pain occur?

The outermost layer of the teeth is known as enamel. This extremely hard substance protects the underlying dentin. Dentin, on the other hand, is a soft mineral that contains the tubules that lead to the inner nerves of the teeth. When enamel wears away and the dentin is exposed, the nerves often become stimulated by certain triggers — this then leads to pain and irritation.

Some of the most common triggers for tooth nerve pain include hot and cold food and drinks; acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes; sugary and acidic drinks like fruit juices and carbonated soft drinks; and sugary foods like candy and cake. If you find that certain foods and drinks are causing you pain, it is advisable to see your dentist as it could be a sign of damaged enamel or another issue, such as tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn dental restorations, or gum disease.

What causes enamel erosion?

Enamel can wear away when it is constantly attacked by harmful acids. Some of the most common causes of dental erosion include consuming too many carbonated soft drinks, which contain acidic ingredients that wear away at the enamel. Other causes are drinking acidic fruit juices and eating acidic and sugary foods.

Other possible causes of dental erosion include dry mouth, acid reflux, certain medications, and genetic factors. Improper oral hygiene habits could also contribute to the issue. Aggressive brushing, for example, can cause wear and tear, while teeth grinding can also cause damage to the enamel over time.

What can you do about tooth nerve pain?

Tooth nerve pain can be extremely uncomfortable and may even put you off some of your favourite foods and drinks. But the good news is that there are a few ways in which tooth nerve pain and irritation can be addressed. If you are struggling with the issue, the best starting point is to consult with your dentist. They will be able to thoroughly examine your teeth and determine the cause of the problem.

Your dentist is likely to advise that you take steps to improve your oral hygiene to prevent further damage to your enamel. You must brush your teeth thoroughly but gently — use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you don’t cause harm to your enamel. You might also consider using toothpaste that has been specially formulated for sensitive teeth.

How can we help?

If you are struggling with tooth pain of any kind, we encourage you to come in and see us. We will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and let you know what could be causing the issue. We will then tailor a treatment plan best suited to your particular needs. We understand that each patient is different and will consider your lifestyle and overall oral health before recommending a course of action.

At Ironside Advanced Dental, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services designed to improve and maintain the form and function of your smile. Our services include cosmetic, restorative, preventative, and general dentistry.

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