Sensitive Teeth

When you have tooth pain or discomfort while eating or drinking hot or cold foods or when cold air touches your teeth, it is called teeth sensitivity. Some of the other factors that can trigger pain are sweet beverages, brushing, flossing, and mouthwashes containing alcohol. Sensitivity is caused due to the wearing off of tooth enamel.

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I had filling in my molar two weeks before. Pain and sensitivity is still present. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a filling done in one of my molars. Two weeks later, I was still in pain and ate Advil per day. I went back to my dentist, and he filed down the filling, apparently my teeth were hitting on the tongue side instead of the cheek side. This correction almost immediately eliminated hot ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are feeling there is something between your teeth when you chew that means the high point is still there. In case you put pressure on teeth, the boring pain means still there is a high point in the filling. This is not anyways under the normal windows of de...  Read Full »

I am a 56-year-old female suffering from red and swollen gums along with sensitivity in my lower front teeth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 56-year-old female. My gums in the lower jaw are swollen and red, and I have sensitivity in the lower front teeth. I regularly do vigorous brushing. I am diabetic and take medications for it. What is the reason for my swollen and red gums?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Gum inflammation is a common sign in diabetics, especially the swelling of the gingiva and periodontal disease. It may even lead to bone loss also in the future. What are the medications you are taking? Any other med...  Read Full »

I have been using anti-sensitivity toothpaste for the sensitivity and pain in my lower front teeth for the past three days. Should I continue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having sensitive teeth for around one week and now the pain is there even after eating or drinking anything. Pain remains for around 30 minutes then it goes. I am using Sensodyne for around three to four days. Should I use it further for results? Please help as the pain is very muc...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Pain and sensitivity of the lower teeth and jaw can occur due to various reasons. However, the most common causes are tooth decay and wisdom tooth issues. If any of your lower teeth had decayed, you will ha...  Read Full »

I have two missing teeth. Should I get my crooked teeth extracted if I were to get a denture?

Query: Hello doctor, Would I be able to get all my teeth extracted if they are crooked and sensitive? Two of my teeth are missing. I just want to get dentures and have a better smile.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubham Shekhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You need not get all your teeth extracted because they are crooked. Instead, you can go for orthodontic treatment, wherein all your teeth can be properly aligned, and you will have a beautiful smile. You can go for implants for your missing ...  Read Full »

I have sensitive teeth. Is there a special toothbrush and toothpaste that I can use?

Query: Hello doctor, Which toothbrush and toothpaste are best suited for sensitive teeth? Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Amir Shafi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have sensitivity while having something cold or hot, I advise you to use any sensitivity protection toothpaste available in the market. Take a small amount of the paste, rub it all over your teeth, leave it for five to seven minutes, then clean the teeth with yo...  Read Full »

My lower back tooth is due for a root canal treatment, but I have referred pain in the canine which subsides on applying Orajel. How?

Query: Hello doctor,I am due to have a root canal next week. I went to my dentist because of terrible pain in my lower right teeth. Primarily sensitive to hot and cold. She performed a cold test on my second molar from the back, and I reacted. So she said I needed a root canal treatment and crown.However, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The root canal is for the second molar for which the doctor did the cold test, am I right? And from when you started getting referred pain? Is it after this cold test? Parafunctional habits like nighttime grinding or bruxism can wear o...  Read Full »

My natural tooth is close to the newly placed implant. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, Today I had three dental implants fixed, and I feel one is close to the natural teeth. If I develop sensitivity in another one to three weeks, the doctor said a root canal has to be done to that natural tooth. I am attaching my X-ray here. Kindly let me know whether I have to undergo root...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is very close to the natural tooth, and it may need root canal treatment. As per the OPG (orthopantomogram), the tooth near to implant shows PDL (periodontal ligament) wid...  Read Full »

Why are my teeth extremely sensitive to cold food?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my filling two years ago and it has been going well for a few months. I have had no problem with it but recently anything really cold touches it and I get a sharp pain. Hot foods cause no problem and sometimes it just hurts by itself.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems there are secondary caries below the loose filling. You need to get it removed as soon as possible. Replace it with a new one.  With regards to your symptoms, the probable cause may be a faulty restoration. The probable diagnosis could be a ...  Read Full »

What could be done for the sensitivity of teeth after drinking something cold?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing a sensitivity in my tooth, whenever I drink something cold. I have sensitivity on the front tooth, both on the upper and lower jaws. I also notice a crack down the front teeth on the lower jaws. I started using a sensitivity relief toothpaste. Initially, it worked qui...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears to be dentinal hypersensitivity, and it occurs due to the opening of the nerve endings on the surface of the teeth. If there is crack on the teeth, then an X-rayshould be done, to rule out the cause. The treatment can be planned accordingly. If it is due to...  Read Full »

My filled tooth hurts while drinking cold stuff. What could be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old female. I got my cavity filled two days back. Now, it hurts when I drink cold stuff. Is there anything I can do?  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are a few things I would like to ask: Did you have a sensitivity to cold even before getting your tooth filled? What kind of filling have you got? Is it a silver filling or a tooth-colored filling? Sometimes, patients do experience this type of s...  Read Full »

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