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Tooth Sensitivity Tests

Worried about tooth pain or sensitivity?

If you’re experiencing either one, you can conduct several at-home tests to determine if you should see an endodontist. Perform each of these tests, taking note of the results for each and which individual teeth are affected, so you can offer specific information to your endodontist. Providing this will help us to identify the cause of your tooth pain or tooth sensitivity and the best treatment plan.
 

The Tooth Tap Test

Using a small diameter, light, blunt instrument, gently tap on each of your teeth to determine if any are tender or painful when tapped. Note which teeth are tender to tapping. If a tooth is tender or hyper-sensitive to tapping, this may be an indication of inflammation in the tissue surrounding it.

The Thermal Test

Taking a small piece of ice, isolate and touch individual teeth to determine if the tooth is reactive to cold, then compare the responses between adjacent teeth. Note which teeth are sensitive to the ice or if there is no feeling at all. If a tooth is non-reactive to cold, it may mean that the tissue inside is dead. If a tooth is hypersensitive to cold, or if there is a lingering response in comparison to adjacent teeth, it may mean that the tissue inside the tooth is inflamed or irritated.

The Cotton Swab Test

Bite down on a cotton swab and hold it between your upper and lower teeth for several seconds. Repeat this, moving the cotton swab to different places in your mouth. Note which teeth are responsive to biting on the swab or which teeth are responsive to releasing the bite. If there is tooth pain when biting down on the cotton swab, or if it’s tender after releasing the bite, this may indicate that the ligament which surrounds the tooth and joins it to the bone is inflamed.

When to See an Endodontist

If results of these tests indicate a potential problem, if your tooth pain or discomfort interferes with daily activities, or if swelling is present at the site of any tooth, you should make an immediate appointment with Endodontics Ltd., as delaying treatment can cause a procedure to be more difficult.

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