Sensitivity after Dental Crown Placement

By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on November 09, 2019

Stages of dental crown treatmentA dental crown is one of the most frequently placed dental restorations. Dental crowns can repair moderate dental damage caused by tooth decay, acid erosion, or injury. A dental crown completely surrounds the crown of a tooth to restore its structure, enhance its strength, and provide protection from further damage.

Dental crown treatment does not require lengthy recovery and typically results in minimal side effects. However, one issue that patients may deal with is heightened sensitivity after dental crown placement. Here, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger’s Knoxville, TN, Maryville, TN, and Oak Ridge, TN, patients can learn what causes sensitivity, how long they can expect to deal with sensitivity after dental crown treatment, and what they can do to manage it.

Is Sensitivity Inevitable after Dental Crown Placement?

Increased sensitivity of the teeth or gums is a normal side effect of dental crown treatment, but it is not a symptom that all of our Maryville patients develop. Many people go through dental crown treatment without experiencing any significant side effects. For those who do deal with side effects after dental crown placement, heightened sensitivity is the most common.

There are a couple of different reasons that a person may develop increased sensitivity following dental crown treatment. The first, and most likely, is that dental crown treatment requires reshaping of the natural tooth. As tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the dental crown, the underlying structure of the tooth is exposed, which makes sensitive nerves and tissues inside the tooth more vulnerable.

Another reason that people may deal with sensitivity after dental crown treatment is because of the dental compound that is used to bond the crown in place. If the compound comes in contact with oral tissues (such as the gums), it can cause irritation and sensitivity.

How Long Will Sensitivity Last?

Heightened sensitivity can be unpleasant to deal with, and it can cause particular discomfort when a person is eating or drinking. Fortunately, sensitivity after dental crown placement should only be temporary. In most cases, it takes just a couple of days for sensitivity to wear off. If sensitivity persists for longer than a week, it should be reported to Dr. Zarger. If necessary, Dr. Zarger can make some adjustments to the dental crown to alleviate sensitivity and improve patient comfort.

Tips for Managing Sensitivity

Time is really the only “cure” for our patients who develop sensitivity after dental crown treatment. However, there are some practices that can ease sensitivity and make it a little easier for our patients to manage until it subsides on its own.

  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods
  • Try not to bite directly on the treatment area
  • Avoid foods and beverages that are extremely hot or cold
  • Switch to a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth
  • Continue to brush and floss regularly

Contact Us

Dental crown treatment is a safe and effective way to rebuild the smile after decay or damage has weakened a tooth. To learn more about the dental crown treatment process, or what to expect as you recover, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call (865) 693-7631 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas G. Zarger. We serve patients in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge.

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