When a tooth is sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it’s time to see your dentist so they can figure out the extent of the problem. Treatment could be a simple as decreasing the intake of acidic foods and switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush and desensitizing toothpaste.
The dentist may also apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain. However, if the problem is more severe, treatment may involve a crown, inlay, root canal, or bonding.
If you are suffering from sensitive teeth because of teeth grinding, you may be fitted for a mouth guard that’s to be worn during the night. It protects your teeth from pressure and damage, which can be highly effective at reducing tooth sensitivity and pain.