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Sensitive teeth after eating specific food?

Asked by Evert (167points) September 23rd, 2008

Occasionally, I notice that my teeth (the molars) have suddenly become very sensitive. It’s a bit like chewing on tinfoil. It lasts for a few days, while slowly disappearing.
Last time this happened, I think it was right after I ate something. Unfortunately, there were several things I had eaten, so I’m not sure which.
Obviously, I should ask my dentist, but as it just went and not seemed urgent, I’ll do that at my checkup. In the meantime, perhaps someone knows about this, and what could be the cause.
(Possibly related is that my teeth never have been the most healthy, and many molars contain fillings. Not sure if it are only the ones with fillings that were sensitive.)

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cheebdragon's avatar

Go to the dentist! Problem solved!

Or buy sensodine toothpaste…

bluemukaki's avatar

I get this sometimes when I eat Cranberries, but nothing else. Weird!

qashqai's avatar

It is just temporary.
Go to the dentist as soon as possible, don’t wait for the checkup.

basp's avatar

Go to the dentist. Tooth problems never get better by themselves. Sensitivity is an indication of a problem.

marinelife's avatar

Sensitive teeth can be minor and transient or can indicate a more serious problem.

This site details the causes, symptom relief and treatment. Here is an excerpt:

“Normally, saliva helps deposit calcium on the enamel to cover and protect the tubules’ openings. But excessively hard brushing (especially with abrasive tooth polishes), receding gums, acidic foods and tooth grinding can all erode that protective covering, baring the ends of the tubules. Cracks in the teeth and loose fillings also expose the tubules or even the pulp itself.

Whatever the cause, once the tubules are exposed, extreme changes in temperature cause fluids inside them to flow back and forth quickly, explains J. Frank Collins, D.D.S., a dentist in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida. That movement causes the twinge in your teeth.

Eroded enamel can cause painful reactions to hot and cold food or drinks, says Lisa P. Germain, D.D.S., M.Sc.D., an endodontist in private practice in New Orleans. If you’re sensitive to anything hot or if the reaction to cold either builds up slowly or lingers for more than a moment, you could have an irreversible inflammation, which can lead to an abscess—a pus-filled inflammation.”

scamp's avatar

I don’t think you should wait until your next checkup to see your dentist. If you have a crack in one of your fillings, bacteria can grow underneath it and cause a bigger problem than you think. You can actually get a cavity under a filling, which can become extremely painful very quickly. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I think you should make an appointment soon to find out what’s going on so your teeth don’t decay from the inside out.

gailcalled's avatar

Classic sensitivity to cold, heat, sugar and pressure mean trouble. Do you remember that the dentist will tap firmly with the handle of one of his instruments on the top of the tooth? You can try that with a metal knife handle or even a tooth brush.

Heed everyone’s advice. Grit your teeth and make the call.

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