How Long Should Crown Sensitivity Last?
Crown sensitivity is not uncommon. After any dental procedure, it will take some time for your mouth to adjust. The intensity of that sensitivity, however, will vary from person-to-person. After your procedure, your dentist can tell you what to expect in terms of recovery and the appropriate healing time based on your procedure.
What Causes Crown Sensitivity?
There are a variety of factors that may cause crown or tooth sensitivity post-procedure. Some of the more common reasons why you may experience sensitivity include:
• Bite – If your bite is off on the temporary or permanent crown, you may notice sensitivity and that may evolve into cold and sweet sensitivity if left uncorrected.
• Temporary Tooth Sensitivity – While wearing a temporary crown, you may notice increased sensitivity. Metal temporary crowns are sensitive because of the transfer of hot and cold, while plastic tends to do better with temperature, but can also wear down or chip your teeth, which leads to more sensitivity issues.
• Remaining Structure – The tooth that has a crown placed over it could also influence your level of sensitivity. If there was decay present before the procedure and the crown sits close to the nerve, you may experience sensitivity. Also, the closer your filling is to the nerve, the more likely you are to have sensitivity.
• Root Exposure – If the tooth or root structure is visible, it can lead to sensitivity.
• Referred Pain – Sometimes the pain is not from your crown, but it is referred by an adjacent tooth that has similar issues. It could also be a tooth that your crown bites against.
Getting Treatment for Crown Sensitivity
If you are experiencing crown sensitivity, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Prior to the visit, write down the triggers for your sensitivity, such as when you eat something cold, every time you chew, when you inhale deeply with your mouth open, etc. By writing down what triggers and symptoms you have, your dentist can better pinpoint what is causing the discomfort.
Some tooth sensitivity is normal after the crown has settled, but an increasing sensitivity or continued pain more than a week after your procedure should be looked at by your dentist.
If you are experiencing crown or tooth sensitivity after a procedure, come see Dr. Cyrus and his team for a consultation.
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