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What You Should Know About Veneers and Sensitivity

June 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkogan @ 9:06 pm
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Are you thinking about getting veneers to enhance your smile, but worried about potential tooth sensitivity? This is a common concern among patients considering this cosmetic dental treatment. Fortunately, because a very small amount of enamel is removed for veneer placement, you don’t have to worry about experiencing extreme sensitivity. Continue reading for some valuable insights into veneers and sensitivity, which can ultimately help you make an informed decision and ease your concerns.

Veneers and Enamel Removal

Many patients associate veneers with sensitivity since some enamel has to be removed to accommodate them. Enamel is the protective outer layer of the tooth, and any alteration can raise concerns about sensitivity. Of course, it’s worth noting that the enamel removal during veneer preparation is carefully controlled and minimal. While dentists want to preserve as much tooth enamel as possible, removal is necessary to ensure veneers lay flush against your tooth. It helps your new smile look uniform, smooth, and beautiful!

Is There Pain After Getting Veneers?

While tooth sensitivity is common, every patient’s veneer treatment experience can vary. Some temporary post-op issues you may encounter include:

  • Temperature Sensitivity – You might have increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, such as from certain foods and drinks, but this usually resolves within a short period.
  • Sore Gums – A normal part of the adjustment process is your gums feeling sore for a few days following veneer placement.
  • Speech Difficulties – Initially, you may experience difficulties with your speech due to the altered size and shape of your teeth. It may take a few days for your brain to adjust, and any challenges should subside with time.
  • Increased Salivation – You may notice an increase in saliva as you get used to your new veneers. This temporary response usually resolves within a few days.

Tips for Managing Your Sensitivity

Rest assured – you can easily alleviate your discomfort with these tips:

  • Good Oral Hygiene – Follow excellent oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a desensitizing mouthwash to help reduce sensitivity.
  • Comfortable Diet – Shortly after veneer placement, your teeth will be sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. Be mindful of your diet and stick to soft foods for a few days.
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste – Consider using a desensitizing toothpaste recommended by your dentist. These are usually formulated with products that help reduce tooth sensitivity over time.
  • Soft Toothbrush – Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help minimize any irritation to the teeth and gums.
  • Dental Checkups – Visiting your dentist every six months is crucial. They can evaluate the health of your veneers and address any concerns or sensitivity you may experience.

About the Authors

Led by Dr. Kogan and Dr. Romano, our team at The Dental Center of Westport is dedicated to enhancing the smiles of those in need. If you’re tired of hiding your smile due to cosmetic imperfections, we can help rebuild your confidence with veneers. We’ll ensure your treatment experience is as comfortable as possible! To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (203) 227-8700.

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