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MY TEETH ARE SENSITIVE TO COLD THINGS


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Cold sensitivity is something that affects a lot of people. Even I (Dr. Matt) have some cold sensitivity. My dad used to bite and chew ice pops. I still cringe just thinking about it! Some cold sensitivity is normal, some isn't.


Normal: Some people just have teeth that feel cold more than other, like me compared to my dad.


Abnormal:

  1. Gum recession exposing sensitive roots. This can be treated in several different ways, including sensitive teeth toothpaste, de-sensitizing treatments to the teeth, or a gum graft to cover the exposed roots.
  2. Excessive tooth wear at the gumline due to tooth grinding. This is usually treated with a filling along the gumline and a nightguard to treat the grinding.
  3. A deep cavity. Often the first sign of a cavity that is getting deep is cold sensitivity. This is usually treated with a filling, but often requires a root canal because the sensitivity is the first indication that the nerve in the tooth is dying.

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