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Sensitive Teeth

Struggling from sensitivity, pain or discomfort? Let’s investigate

That tender and sensitive feeling in your mouth may come and go. At Maven Dental, we recommend visiting your local dentist to get it checked out. In some cases, they can detect a potential oral health issue before it develops and becomes harder to treat.

Treatment options can include;

  • Avoiding particular types of food and drinks
  • Using a special toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Specialised treatments depending on the condition of the tooth / teeth such as fillings, roots canals, and crowns

Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

Sensitivity in your teeth can often mean the inner dentin layer of your tooth is exposed. This often occurs when the tooth’s white protective layer of enamel has worn away. Some signs of sensitive teeth may include;

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Sharp pain that comes and goes
  • Cold or hot food and drinks trigger the pain
  • Sweet and acidic foods can also aggravate

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Unprotected dentin is one of the main reasons that you may experience tooth sensitivity.

Common contributing factors include;

  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • A build up of plaque

Other causes of sensitivity, can include;

  • Acidic food, drink or mouthwash
  • Teeth grinding and clenching your teeth
  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Some tooth whitening products

When to see a dentist?

If are unsure about sensitive teeth, talk to your Maven dentist

Book an appointment to see them as soon as possible if:

  • Pain lasts longer than a day or two
  • Your pain is severe or starts to become unbearable
  • You have chipped, cracked, loose or worn teeth
  • You are concerned about the sensitivity of your teeth

Are you in pain?

If you’re experiencing pain and need emergency dental care, call us and we’ll get you in fast for an emergency appointment.

What's Next?

Learn more about some possible treatment options with your local Maven Dental practice. We recommend you book an appointment with a dentist to further discuss and provide expert advice on relieving your pain and how you can achieve great oral health.


The cost of assessing and treating your sensitive teeth depends on whether it is a mild or severe case and the cause. Sensitive teeth can be a symptom of other dental problems, we recommend booking an appointment to discuss with your Maven dentist. They will be able to diagnose the cause, the best treatment plan and explain any fees associated with treatment.

Each case can be different as to reason you are experiencing sensitive teeth. Most often, it is when the dentin or inner structure of your tooth is exposed. Sometimes this is caused by tooth decay or gum disease. We recommend you book an appointment with your dentist to discuss the pain and sensitive you’re experiencing.

Yes, you can greatly reduce the chances of developing sensitive teeth. It all comes down to taking care of your oral health and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Keeping on top of your at-home dental care and building a good relationship with your dentist or dental hygienist is essential for maintaining good health.

We recommend daily healthy habits and regular visits to the dentist. For a healthy smile and overall good oral health:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits at home including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
  • Book routine hygiene & check-up visits with a dentist or dental hygienist ideally every 6 months or as advised by your dentist

We understand that some people feel anxious about visiting the dentist.  At Maven Dental, we work hard to make you feel comfortable and to create environments that feel safe and welcoming.  We also believe that communication is key and invite you to share any concerns you may have prior or upon arrival.

While everyone is different, we’ve created a list of tips that can help to reduce anxiety related to dentist visits – read more