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My Teeth are Sensitive After Veneers: Is This Normal?

Positive feelings about your smile can greatly enhance your self-confidence and personal appeal, and dental veneers are a commonly sought-after solution to achieve this. Veneers offer a transformative solution to a variety of dental imperfections such as stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth. But as with many dental procedures, it is not uncommon for patients to experience tooth sensitivity post-treatment. In the following guide, the experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors explain the potential causes and solutions of tooth pain and sensitivity, as well as guidance on when it might be necessary to seek legal advice.

Dental Veneers Explained

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made casings affixed to the front surface of teeth to enhance their aesthetic appearance. They can dramatically alter the colour, size, shape or length of a tooth, offering a tailored solution to individual dental concerns.

Veneers come in two primary types: porcelain and resin composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are highly durable and adept at mimicking the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth, providing an incredibly lifelike appearance. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, require less removal of the tooth surface and can often be fitted in a single appointment, making them a quicker, albeit less durable, option.

The process of having veneers installed usually involves two to three visits to a cosmetic dentist. The initial visits consist of diagnosis and treatment planning, followed by preparation which might necessitate the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. Finally, the veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth, creating a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

Potential Causes of Sensitivity After Getting Veneers

While dental veneers offer a wealth of benefits, the procedure may also lead to a certain degree of tooth sensitivity. This is most commonly a consequence of the enamel removal during the preparation stage. The enamel is the hard, outermost layer of healthy teeth, acting as a defensive shield. When this barrier is partially removed, the teeth can become more sensitive.

In some cases, the dental nerve could be irritated during the process of fitting the veneers, which can also lead to sensitivity. Furthermore, poorly fitted veneers or veneers that have not been correctly bonded can also result in discomfort. It is essential to differentiate between the normal sensitivity that might follow a veneer procedure, and sensitivity that suggests a problem requiring further medical assessment.

Understanding Sensitivity After Veneers

Experiencing a degree of sensitivity after receiving dental veneers is quite normal. As enamel is reduced and nerves possibly irritated during the veneer procedure, sensitivity - particularly to hot and cold foods and drinks - is a common occurrence.

Typically, this sensitivity subsides after a few days to a few weeks as your mouth adjusts to the new veneers. This period allows for the teeth and gums to heal, and for the patient to become accustomed to the new dental additions. However, should sensitivity persist beyond a few weeks or prove severe, it may necessitate a return visit to the dentist for a professional assessment.

Managing Post-Veneer Dental Sensitivity

If you find yourself grappling with sensitivity after getting veneers, several at-home strategies can offer relief. Toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth can be beneficial, often containing compounds that help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve.

Modifying your dietary habits for the first few days post-procedure can also aid in reducing sensitivity. Try avoiding extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, as well as excessively crunchy or hard foods that might exert additional pressure on the sensitive teeth.

Nevertheless, consult with your cosmetic dentist, or with an independent dentist, if the sensitivity persists, intensifies, or is accompanied by other symptoms like pain or swelling. Your dentist can examine your veneers for potential issues and might recommend treatments or solutions to help manage the sensitivity.

What If the Sensitivity Does Not Subside?

Persistent or worsening sensitivity post-veneer procedure could signal a more serious problem that needs professional attention. Problems could stem from the veneer's fit, issues with the bonding process, or other underlying dental health concerns. In these cases, it is important not to ignore the symptoms and to seek immediate dental attention. A professional assessment can identify the issue and suggest appropriate remedial action.

The Role of Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors

At Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, we hold a strong reputation for handling clinical negligence claims relating to cosmetic surgery. If you suspect that your enduring sensitivity is due to negligent dental treatment, our dedicated team is ready to provide expert assistance.

Our firm possesses a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes clinical negligence in relation to veneer procedures. We have championed numerous victims of negligent cosmetic dentistry, helping them claim the compensation they rightly deserve. Our solicitors exhibit exceptional proficiency in understanding these intricate issues and ensure that our clients secure the most favourable outcome.

Sensitivity following a veneer procedure is quite common and generally eases within a few weeks. However, persistent, severe or escalating sensitivity might indicate an issue requiring professional intervention. It is crucial to maintain open communication with your dentist and to promptly address any persisting symptoms.

If clinical negligence is suspected, remember that Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is here to support you. Call us today on 0808 271 3278 for a free consultation, or fill out an online contact form to arrange a time for us to call you back.

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Russell Sutton is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding dental negligence cases. Russell's commitment to his clients is unmatched, as he empathises with the emotional and physical toll that dental negligence can take on people’s lives.

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