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Do Porcelain Veneers Cause Dental Sensitivity?

DECEMBER 6, 2020

Dentists often recommend porcelain veneers in Manchester for patients who wish to change the way their teeth look. Veneers can disguise a range of aesthetic flaws, from discoloration to cracks, chips, and even slight misalignment. However, some patients questions whether they should get veneers because the process of placing them requires the removal of a bit of tooth enamel. Will that make your teeth more sensitive? In this blog post, we discuss this important question.

Veneers And Dental Sensitivity

The amount of tooth enamel removed during the veneers treatment process is minimal. In fact, your dentist may remove as little as half a millimeter, which is about the thickness of a fingernail. This part of the process is necessary because it prevents the veneers from making your smile look bulky or unnatural.

The removal of the enamel can make your teeth more sensitive because enamel’s job is to protect the sensitive dentin underneath it. Dentin is the part of a tooth that contains tubules which connect to the tooth’s nerve. When the tubules are exposed to hot or cold temperatures, the nerve sends pain signals to the brain.

Fortunately, veneers replace your enamel. When your permanent veneers securely bonded onto your teeth, they will provide powerful protection against hot and cold temperatures. Any sensitivity you experience in the days following the placement of your veneers may just be due to the procedure itself, rather than your modified enamel. For most patients, the sensitivity wears off within a few days to a few weeks. Some even find that their teeth are ultimately less sensitive after receiving veneers than they were prior to the procedure.

Coping With Increased Sensitivity

Here are a few tips to help you cope with post-treatment sensitivity:

  • Be choosy about what you eat and drink. Try to avoid very hot or very cold items, such as coffee or ice cream. You should also limit your consumption of acidic foods and beverages, like citrus fruits and soda.
  • Take a mild pain reliever if necessary. An over the counter pain medicine may reduce any soreness or sensitivity after your treatment.
  • Rinse with saltwater. A warm saltwater rinse can reduce swelling and balance the pH levels in the mouth.

If you find that your sensitivity lingers for more than a week or two after you get your veneers, get in touch with your dentist. They may have to double-check how the veneers are bonded onto the teeth.

Although veneers can cause temporarily sensitive teeth in Manchester, most patients have absolutely no regrets about committing to the treatment. If you have questions about porcelain veneers and what to expect with them, your local cosmetic dentist would be happy to talk with you.

Meet the Practice

First Line Dental features a team of five talented dentists and specialists, all of whom care deeply about patients’ oral health and satisfaction. Porcelain veneers are among the many cosmetic treatments they offer. If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from aesthetic dentistry or how our practice may be able to serve you, contact us at 860-736-3405.

What To Expect With Root Canal Therapy

If your dentist recommends root canal therapy even though you are not in pain, you should schedule the procedure for as soon as you can. There is no need to be afraid. Thanks to modern techniques and anesthesia, you should feel little to nothing during the treatment. Afterward, following a brief recovery period and the placement of a crown, you should be able to enjoy a strong, functional smile that is at a lowered risk of future pain and tooth loss.

Meet the Practice

The talented doctors at First Line Dental provide a comprehensive range of general dentistry services, including root canal therapy, tooth extractions, and more. If you have any concerns about your oral health, they would be happy to help you address them. To learn more about how our team may be able to serve you, contact us at 860-259-4039.

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