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How do I know if I have a problem with my tooth?

Woman holding jaw in pain | Dentist Greeley COGenerally, when your teeth begin to feel sensitive when they previously weren’t, it’s an indication that it might be time to have a quick check-up with Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington at our Greeley dental office.

Healthy teeth should not typically be sensitive. But certain sensations can help us determine potential problems based solely on what we feel.

Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitivity to sweets can indicate a cavity might be forming or have already formed and a simple filling will fix the problem.

Sensitivity or pain to cold usually indicates a cavity is growing and getting close to the nerve. If your pain lasts for a few seconds and then disappears, it’s often something that can be fixed with a filling. Pain that lasts more than 5 to 15 seconds (often minutes or hours) usually indicates the need for a root canal and possibly a crown.

Pain to pressure can come from a wide range of problems. Intense pain to pressure usually indicates an infected tooth and will require further treatment.

If you have questions about whether a tooth might have something wrong, it’s always best to come in and have a short exam. Often a quick x-ray and exam at Norco Family Dental will tell you everything you need to know!

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