Sensitivity after Dental Crown Placement
The teeth are constantly exposed to pressure from biting and chewing, as well as bacteria that can eat away at tooth enamel, so it is not unusual for dental damage to occur. When dental damage is too extensive to be repaired with a dental filling, a dental crown is likely to be the most appropriate treatment.
Dental crowns restore, strengthen, and protect a damaged tooth so that our Chicago, IL, patients can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. Although dental crown treatment is associated with a minimal degree of risk, it is not unusual for patients to develop sensitivity after dental crown placement. Here, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger provides answers to some of the most common questions regarding sensitivity after dental crown treatment.
What Causes Sensitivity after Dental Crown Treatment?
Dental crown treatment is not likely to result in any significant side effects. However, many of our Chicago patients do experience heightened sensitivity after a dental crown is placed. There are several potential causes of sensitivity following dental crown placement.
The most common cause of sensitivity after dental crown treatment is exposure of the sensitive nerves and tissues that lie at the center of the tooth. When a dental crown is placed, damaged enamel is removed. As the tooth is reshaped, the pulp of the tooth (where the nerves lie) becomes more exposed. This can cause temporary sensitivity in the treated tooth.
Another common cause of sensitivity after dental crown treatment is gum irritation. Dental crowns are bonded in place with a strong dental compound. Occasionally, this compound causes irritation along the gum line. If gum tissues become inflamed, they will be more sensitive to temperature and pressure.
Finally, a dental crown fits closely and securely, but it does take many patients a little time to adjust to their restoration. The bite may feel slightly off for a while. As patients adjust to their dental crown, the treated tooth may be more sensitive to pressure.
How Long Will Sensitivity Last?
Everyone heals at his or her own rate, but sensitivity should be pretty short-lived. In most cases, sensitivity lasts no more than a day or two. Even when patients experience more significant sensitivity, it should subside within a week of treatment.
Should I Be Concerned?
Sensitivity is a normal side effect of dental crown treatment and is often not a sign of any type of complications. As long as sensitivity is not too severe and it subsides in a timely manner, our Chicago patients should not be concerned. If sensitivity lingers, or if it creates significant pain, it should be reported to Dr. Hessberger. If necessary, he can adjust the dental crown.
How Can I Minimize Sensitivity?
Sensitivity should dissipate within a few days of dental crown treatment, but patients can minimize discomfort by following a few simple tips:
- Brush with a soft-bristled tooth brush
- Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth
- Avoid biting down on hard foods with the treated tooth
- Use over-the-counter pain medication with anti-inflammatories, if necessary
A dental crown is a safe and effective solution for moderate to severe dental damage. If you have questions about dental crown placement or the recovery process, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger would be happy to provide you with more information. Contact us at your earliest convenience or schedule an appointment by calling (773) 792-5562.