Teeth Sensitive after Dental Treatment? This may be Why!
- Posted on: Nov 30 2017
No one likes experiencing tooth sensitivity. The temporary pain that shoots through a tooth when eating can range from distracting to disruptive. Understandably, this is not a problem to live with for any longer than necessary. The instance of sensitivity following dental work, such as getting a filling or a crown, can be particularly frustrating. Dental treatment is conducted to put an end to pain, not to cause it. In our Golden dental practice, we are empathetic to the frustration that patients may feel at post-treatment sensitivity. Here, we want to discuss why this may be a normal part of the treatment process.
During dental treatment, the instruments used to remove decayed material do not cause pain because the nerves in the tooth have been numbed with medication. Numbing the area prevents discomfort both due to drilling or other action and due to pressure placed on the tooth to affix a crown or filling into place. The fact that these sensations do not occur immediately does not mean the structure in and around the tooth has not felt the disruption. Once anesthetic wears off, a bit of discomfort is normal, especially if biting or chewing a dense or crunchy food.
Ways to decrease sensitivity after dental treatment include:
- Choosing softer foods for a day or two. Since pressure is a primary cause of sensitivity in the post-treatment period, consuming softer items such as pasta, yogurt, and soups may be ideal for optimal recovery.
- Change sides. When you first begin to eat after dental treatment, chew primarily on the opposite side of the mouth from where work has been done. Resume chewing on the treated tooth slowly and gently.
- Reduce pain with medication. The sensitivity that occurs after getting a filling or crown should be mild and temporary if it occurs at all. Many patients can eliminate discomfort by taking an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol.
If sensitivity does not resolve within a few days after dental treatment, contact our office at (303) 277-9600. We are happy to discuss additional tips or schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your new restoration.
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