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I'm wondering what is the exact bio/chemical process causing sharp, momentary tooth pain from contact with sweet substances?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Glycolysis: The bacteria residing in a cavity or a fracture in your tooth metabolize the sugar and release acid as waste. The acid irritates the nerve endings in your dentin tubules or the nerve itself if the cavity/crack is deep. See below link: http://www.Dentalcare.Com/en-us/dental-education/continuing-education/ce369/ce369.Aspx?Modulename=coursecontent;partid=8;sectionid=-1.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See your dentist: for the best explanation and treatment. They are the experts in the field of dentistry. Take care.

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