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What is the diff between sensitive teeth and cavities?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
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In brief: Sensitive vs Decay

The common causes of sensitive teeth are exposed tooth roots, receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel.
Dental cavities are permanently damaged holes in teeth caused by tooth decay. In some cases sensitive tooth can mean a cavity.

In brief: Sensitive vs Decay

The common causes of sensitive teeth are exposed tooth roots, receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel.
Dental cavities are permanently damaged holes in teeth caused by tooth decay. In some cases sensitive tooth can mean a cavity.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Fine line

A tooth can have a cavity, and can be sensitive or not sensitive.
A tooth can also have no cavities, and be sensitive. Gum recession, grinding your teeth, even a small chip (not a cavity) can cause sensitivity. A visit to your local dentist will give you the answers you seek, based on an examination of your mouth.

In brief: Fine line

A tooth can have a cavity, and can be sensitive or not sensitive.
A tooth can also have no cavities, and be sensitive. Gum recession, grinding your teeth, even a small chip (not a cavity) can cause sensitivity. A visit to your local dentist will give you the answers you seek, based on an examination of your mouth.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry
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In brief: Yes

Decay is caused by bacteria.
Sensitivity can be caused by decay and root exposure. Sometimes receding gums cause sensitivity.

In brief: Yes

Decay is caused by bacteria.
Sensitivity can be caused by decay and root exposure. Sometimes receding gums cause sensitivity.
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dr. Pamela Asseff
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