I have tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods. What could a dentist do for it?

Exam and treat. The dentist will do a thorough exam to determine the source of your tooth sensitivity. It could be due to dental decay (aka caries, cavities) or demineralization of the enamel. If so, the dentist will formulate a treatment plan to treat your problems. A prescription Fluoride toothpaste or otc toothpaste such as sensodyne might help.

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Cavity filled over month ago. Tooth sensitivity esp. To hot/cold food, have returned to dentist twice, xrays, he sees nothing concerning. Next step?

Be patient. A deep restoration can result in a sensitive tooth. This can last for a while. Avoid foods that are too hot or cold. Medicaments can be placed, but continued sensitivity may result in the need for root canal therapy. Read more...
Tooth sensitivity. A deep filling can remain sensitive for some time, but the sensitivity usually decreases over time. If your dentist has not done so, have your bite checked. A high filling, even if it's just slightly high, can cause sensitivity. Sometimes a filling will need to be removed and the tooth refilled. Read more...

Tooth sensitivity to cold after a **student dentist** filled a cavity in my mouth. Could they have screwed something up?

Probably not. The students are watched very carefully by the instructors and professors to make sure everything is just right. Your restoration is probably a bit deep. How long ago was the filling done? It can take a month or longer for it to subside in certain situations. Give it some time and you will probably be fine. Read more...
Probably not. Anything that irritates a tooth, and getting a filling certainly does that, can cause a temporary inflammation. This can lead to some sensitivithy. It shouod go away in about a week. Read more...
Tooth sensitivity. Can and does occur with every dentist, student or not. The deeper the decay and resultant filling, the more likelihood of post-op sensitivity. If it gets worse or does not start to fade away within a few days, have a dentist take another look at it to check the bite and the filling. Infrequently, it may even take a couple of months to completely resolve. Read more...
tooth pain. Whenever I do filling that is very large or deep i always tell my patient that they may have some hot cold sensitivity for awhile. When we fill the tooth although we are fixing it , it is a live tooth and will have a response. They can last sometimes for months. As long as it is getting better or felling less sensitive great! students have an instructor with them they do good work. Read more...