Dental treatments

Dental procedures are performed to treat a range of dental conditions, for example a composite filling. But sensitive teeth are one of a few side effects following this treatment.

However, this sensitivity is a temporary state of affairs and usually disappears after a few weeks.

The procedures most likely to cause sensitive teeth are:

  • Restoration of a tooth
  • Scale and polish
  • Root planing
  • Fitting of a crown
  • Teeth whitening

Dental cleaning

If you have your teeth cleaned and polished on a regular occasion – the ‘scale and polish’ procedure then you will find that this also causes sensitive teeth. But do not let this deter you from undergoing this procedure as it forms an important part of a dental care routine.

Teeth bleaching

There is another dental treatment which also causes sensitive teeth: teeth whitening. The teeth whitening procedure has become increasingly popular of late with many people choosing to have a ‘Hollywood smile’. This is carried out in order to improve the appearance of the tooth, usually from a yellow appearance to a bright white look.

But teeth whitening or teeth bleaching has side effects which include the tendency towards sensitive teeth.

This is discussed in more detail in our teeth whitening section.

Sensitive teeth also occur from using toothpaste which contains baking soda and peroxide to bleach the teeth white. It also happens as a result of using other similar teeth whitening products.