Is a Sensitive Tooth the Same as a Toothache?

When it comes to your dental health, most things occur in different stages. For instance, what eventually becomes a severely aching tooth could start off as a tooth that just seems a little bit sensitive. In many cases, dental discomfort becomes severe because patients often ignore or choose to endure minor irritations, like tooth sensitivity, rather than having them treated immediately. Because of this, the only difference between slight sensitivity and severe discomfort is often time.

Why Teeth Become Sensitive

The main structure of your tooth, called dentin, is a little bit like bone in that its slightly porous, which allows sensory information to travel from the dentin to the tooth’s nerves. When healthy, however, a tooth’s dentin is protected by highly mineralized tooth enamel, which is so resilient that it prevents your tooth’s dentin from feeling anything. One of the most common reasons for a tooth growing gradually more sensitive is the wearing down or weakening of tooth enamel. This can be caused by a developing cavity, unchecked bruxism, or a wide variety of other potential causes, and treating your condition will be the key to relieving your tooth’s sensitivity.

From Sensitivity to Toothaches

Because dental issues are progressive, they grow worse the longer they’re left untreated. That means the sensitivity in your tooth is going to grow more severe, as well, until it becomes a severe and unmistakable toothache. The more your tooth hurts, the more of your tooth is compromised, and the more extensive treatment you may need to fully restore it.

Find Out Why Your Tooth Is Sensitive

Even if the discomfort doesn’t seem severe, a sensitive tooth could become just as troublesome as a more intense toothache if you ignore the discomfort. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve the Chicago Metro area and all surrounding communities.

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