Multiple times throughout the day, the teeth are used to bite down and chew on food. The teeth are designed for this task; so, if you have a healthy smile, you should be able to withstand daily biting and chewing without any pain. Unfortunately, the teeth are vulnerable to a number of oral health complications that may wear down tooth enamel and cause pain and sensitivity when the teeth are performing even the most basic oral tasks.
General dentistry services help preserve the health and strength of the teeth so that these complications do not develop. However, once damage has occurred, restorative dentistry services will be necessary to address oral damage. Those experiencing tooth sensitivity when chewing should see Brookfield, WI dentist Thomas Tang to learn how he can address tooth sensitivity and restore oral comfort.
What Causes Sensitivity When Chewing?
For many patients, minor sensitivity is a recurrent problem. This type of sensitivity usually results in heightened sensitivity to extreme hot or cold temperatures. When this sensitivity is persistent, it should be reported to the dentist so that oral health complications can be ruled out. Tooth sensitivity to chewing is a slightly different story. Tooth sensitivity that is triggered by pressure is nearly always a sign that an oral health problem has developed. Common causes of tooth sensitivity when chewing include the following:
- Gum recession
- Significant tooth decay
- Root canal infection
- Tooth erosion
- A chip, crack, or fracture
- Damaged dental work (such as a cracked dental filling)
If the tooth is extremely sensitive when chewing, the underlying dentin (and possibly even the nerves of the tooth) have probably become exposed as a result of one of the above-mentioned oral complications. To ensure that any oral health problems can be repaired before further complications develop, it is important to report these symptoms to Dr. Tang as soon as possible.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
When the teeth are sensitive to pressure, there are several restorative dentistry treatments that may help. Dr. Tang offers a full range of restorative dentistry services to address oral health problems such as gum recession, tooth decay, and root canal infection. Dr. Tang will examine the teeth to determine the most likely cause of tooth sensitivity when chewing and recommend a treatment plan that will effectively repair oral damage and restore oral comfort. Some of the treatments that can be effective in treating tooth sensitivity when chewing include the following:
- Dental bonding
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Periodontal treatment
- Root canal therapy
Each of these treatments can address oral health complications to restore strong and healthy teeth that are able to perform oral functions comfortably.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity when chewing, you may be in need of restorative dentistry treatment. To find out how Dr. Thomas Tang can restore the strength and structure of your teeth to eliminate tooth sensitivity when chewing, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.