Sensitivity after dental work, what’s normal, what’s not

Sensitivity can occur after any dental procedure. When the bacteria from a cavity or a crack in a tooth is removed and replaced with a dental filling or crown it is very common to experience some minor sensitivity afterwards. Dental procedures are microsurgery for your teeth. Although our Highlands Ranch Dentist is restoring or fixing a problem, they are also performing surgery to help rectify that problem. As with any other type of surgery sensitivity or post operative soreness is common as you heal.


What is normal and what is not?


After a dental procedure, our Highlands Ranch Dentist may encourage you to stay on a regime of Advil/Ibuprofen/Aleve. These common Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory help reduce inflammation and control the amount of sensitivity you experience after dental work.


Both Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons want you to know that mild sensitivity that last for only seconds to stimulation (i.e. hot or cold) is a normal part of the healing process. This can last up to 6 weeks any prolonged sensitivity should be consulted right away.


Minor discomfort upon chewing can be normal but may also indicate that the restoration placed may need some adjustment. The human bite is an extraordinary thing and any minor changes can have big effects in your mouth. It is important that if you experience this type discomfort to check with our Highlands Ranch Dentist about possibly needing a bite adjustment.


During your procedure, if Dr. DeLapp or Dr. Parsons inform you that the cavity, crack or other defect of the tooth is “deep” this may indicate a longer healing time than normal. However, sometimes this indicates that the tooth is very sick and may need additional treatment. Those experiences an increase in discomfort that lingers, is spontaneous in nature, or wakes them up at night may require additional treatment to the tooth including a possible endodontic therapy (root canal).


Remember that any dental procedure is microsurgery on your tooth. It is important to remember that some post-operative sensitivity is likely. This sensitivity can persist up to 6 weeks. Any prolonged, spontaneous, or extreme discomfort should be consulted with our Highlands Ranch Dentist immediately. These scenarios may indicate a need for additional dental treatment on that tooth.




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