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    What is causing a sudden sensitivity in upper 2 front teeth?

    I'm a 66 yr old Type 1 diabetic & up until now I have not had any teeth issues other than an occasional cavity & some Gingivitis disease resulting in some minor loss of gum tissue. The other morning I woke up to the front 2 upper teeth being slightly painful & sensitive. I took some aspirin to mitigate the pain. It has been 3 days & teeth are less sensitive but still mildly sensitive when 'tapped'.
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    Principal dentist of Newington Dental Care. Previous teaching staff for the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. Special interest in dental anxiety management and orthodontics. … View Profile

    There are many causes for sensitive teeth including decay, receeding gums, erosive wear, failing fillings, infection, and damage from previous trauma. Unfortunately the cause is difficult to diagnose without doing some tests and radiographs. Any symptoms from the teeth should be checked out by your dentist as soon as possible especially if you have diabetes, as dental infection can quickly spread, and severe discomfort can affect the ability for you to eat and thus keep your blood sugar levels stable.  

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