What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose sensitive teeth, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "sensitive teeth" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasional painful urge to defecate
teeth grinding with damage
severe tongue swelling
being easily irritated
having amalgam fillings
having trouble concentrating
gums that bleed easily
dark spots on gums
jaw lymph node problems
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sensitive teeth:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about sensitive teeth:
Are your teeth sensitive or tender?
→ No / don't know
→ One or two teeth, occasionally
→ One or two teeth often / several occasionally
→ One or two teeth most of the time / several often
→ Several teeth, most or all of the time
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slightly sensitive teeth, sensitive teeth or very sensitive teeth, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Concerned or curious about your health? Try The Analyst™