What to Do If You Have Sensitive Teeth After Veneers
Sensitive teeth after veneers are normal and should eventually go away. Here’s what you need to know about tooth sensitivity related to veneers.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
There are a couple of reasons you might have sensitive teeth after getting veneers.
The treatment may affect the nerve of the tooth, causing temporary tooth sensitivity. As the sensitivity wears off, you may continue to experience temperature-related sensitivity.
It takes time for you to get used to your new veneers. For the first few days after you get them, you may have an improper bite. This can cause irritation and tooth sensitivity. Usually, this goes away within a few days, but if it doesn’t, it’s often possible to adjust your veneers to correct your bite.
Managing Sensitive Teeth
If you experience sensitive teeth after your veneers, there are a few things you can do to minimize your discomfort. Extra care for your veneers can help in this regard.
Brush your teeth with a desensitizing toothpaste to help decrease your teeth’s sensitivity. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water, and use the mixture to rinse your mouth; this will reduce discomfort and any swelling you’re experiencing.
Avoid eating hard foods that can put extra pressure on your teeth. When drinking beverages, consider choosing room temperature options over hot or cold drinks. If you need to drink cold beverages, use a straw to minimize the contact the beverage has with your teeth.
Extremely spicy or sweet foods can also irritate your sensitive teeth; avoid eating them until your teeth feel better.
See that you avoid chewing habits, like biting your nails or nibbling on a pen. If you have a nightguard, make sure you use it every night to minimize teeth grinding that can damage your teeth’s enamel and worsen teeth sensitivity.
You may also use pain medication, like ibuprofen, to reduce your discomfort.