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Veneers and Sensitivity: What You Should Know

June 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:48 pm
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Are you thinking about getting veneers to enhance your smile, but are concerned about the potential for tooth sensitivity? It’s a common question that many patients have when contemplating this cosmetic dental treatment. Rest assured – we’re here to provide you with valuable insight into veneers and sensitivity. In this blog post, you can learn what to expect to help you make an informed decision and put your worries to rest.

Veneers and Enamel Removal

One of the reasons people associate veneers with sensitivity is because a minimal amount of enamel must be removed to accommodate them. Enamel is the protective outer layer of the tooth, and any alteration to it can raise concerns about sensitivity. However, it’s important to understand that the amount of enamel removed during preparation is carefully controlled.

Should I Expect Pain After Veneers?

Wondering if you’ll experience pain after getting veneers? It’s important to note that while tooth sensitivity is a common occurrence, individual experiences may vary. Here are some temporary after-effects that you may encounter:

  • Temperature Sensitivity: Hot or cold sensitivity is a common side effect. Luckily, it typically resolves within a short period.
  • Sore Gums: Just as your teeth may experience discomfort, your gums may also feel sore for a few days following veneer placement. This tenderness is a normal part of the adjustment process.
  • Speech Difficulties: Adapting to the altered size and shape of the tooth may temporarily affect your speech. It may take a few days for your brain to adjust, and any speech difficulties should subside with time.
  • Increased Salivation: As you get used to speaking with new veneers, you may notice an increase in salivation. This is a temporary response that usually resolves within a few days.

Keep in mind that these effects are normal and temporary. As your mouth adjusts to the presence of veneers, any discomfort or sensitivity should gradually diminish.

How to Manage Sensitivity

Here are a few tips to help alleviate any discomfort:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Maintaining excellent oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a desensitizing mouthwash, can help reduce sensitivity.
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste: Consider using a desensitizing toothpaste recommended by your dentist. These toothpaste formulations help reduce tooth sensitivity over time.
  • Soft Toothbrush: Switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush can help minimize any irritation to the teeth and gums.
  • Dental Checkups: Attending regular dental checkups is crucial, as your dentist can assess the health of your veneers and address any concerns or sensitivity you may experience.

About the Practice

At Flenniken Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive and comfortable dental care to ensure our patients get the quality service they deserve. If you want to enhance your smile with veneers, we’re ready to help you achieve your dream look! To learn more about what to expect following this treatment, visit our website or call (717) 249-7777.

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