I love the way my porcelain veneers look. I wouldn’t change getting them. However, ever since I got them, my teeth have been sensitive to cold beverages. Do you know what is causing that? I don’t want to have to get rid of them.
Bennie C. – San Diego
Your tooth is made up in layers. At the center is the pulp and your nerves. On top of that is the dentin all of which is surrounded by your tooth’s enamel. Some patients have thin enamel, which can in some instances, cause sensitivity. However, nerves can be affected by any dental work. The vibrating tool the dentist uses during the procedure could have upset the nerves a bit, causing the sensitivity. This should settle down in a few days.
If it doesn’t, that’s a signal something bigger is going on. It’s possible the bonding could be poorly done. This would allow things to leak between your porcelain veneers and your tooth. Another possibility is the bite is a bit off causing your teeth to bang against one another, irritating the nerve. In such cases, minor adjustments can be made.
If repairing either of those things does not improve the situation, the next step would be a root canal treatment. That can be done with porcelain veneers. It won’t negatively impact your smile makeover and will give you relief. This isn’t a common outcome, but does happen on rare occasions. What steps you take next mostly depends on how long it has been since your porcelain veneers were placed.
If it hasn’t been long, give it some time for the nerves to calm down and rest. If it’s been more than a couple of weeks, go see your dentist. Let him know what’s going on. He should be able to get to the root cause of your sensitivity.
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