Do you need to replace and cover a damaged or broken tooth?
A dental crown looks exactly like a natural tooth and ensures that this tooth doesn’t get damaged further. Crowns are hollow and while they can replace teeth that have been damaged, they cannot replace the ones that have been lost. After crowns have been fitted, most people experience tooth sensitivity for a short while after the treatment.
Dental fillings are used to treat common oral problems like cavities. To do this, your dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and fill the area where the decayed material was removed. There are various dental filling materials and they include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, tooth-coloured ceramic and composite resin fillings. At times, patients may experience some tooth sensitivity shortly after having their tooth filled.
Here are some useful tips by our Angel Smile dental experts to help you manage your emerging tooth sensitivity.
How to treat tooth sensitivity?
If you feel any sensitivity or pain in your teeth after your dental treatment, ensure that you call your dentist. But, you can use these methods to treat the sensitivity yourself until you see your dentist again
- Despite being in pain, you should still ensure that you don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine. When you brush and floss your teeth, the bacteria that could cause the infection to spread is kept at bay.
- Exercising can give you a short and also effective relief from tooth pain. When we move, our body releases its natural pain relievers which are known as endorphins, and they go a very long way in relieving tooth sensitivity even if it is for a short while.
- Another effective way of dealing with tooth sensitivity is to rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. What the salt does is to extract the excess fluid that may be residing around the gums and near the crown. The salt will help to clean out the infected areas and also relieve tooth sensitivity temporarily. Get warm water and mix it with 3 tablespoons of salt, swish the mixture in your mouth for up to 30 seconds, then spit it out.
- You could also treat tooth sensitivity or pain as you would treat a headache. You can take painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce the discomfort, but please consult your dentist with regards to dosage. Ensure that you take the pills as directed and don’t take more than the prescribed dosage.
- You can use relaxation techniques like listening to soothing sounds or taking deep breaths. This could help to relieve the sensitivity or pain as relaxation is intended to keep your mind away from uncomfortable feelings.
- Finally, you can wrap ice in a towel and use it to mildly press against your cheek where the crown or filling is located to reduce the pain and swelling. Make sure that you don’t directly apply the ice to the sensitive tooth as this could increase the pain.
How long does tooth sensitivity last?
The duration of tooth sensitivity after receiving a dental filling or crown treatment varies from patient to patient. In some cases, sensitivity could be caused by the surrounding teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a normal occurrence and usually takes about 1-2 weeks to subside.
If you need to get your dental crown treatment and replace your broken tooth, Angel Smile got you covered as they offer one-day dental crown treatments. If some parts of your teeth are decayed, you can opt for Angel Smile’s dental filling treatments.
Angel Smile in North London offers many different restorative dental treatments, covering various dental problems and you can contact us to get a free consultation at your first visit to learn about your options.