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Keeping Your Discomfort Minimized After Veneer Adhesion

Dental veneers are an excellent option for individuals who want to elevate the aesthetic appearance of their teeth. Many people experience long term success with the tooth coverings, and your dentist will work hard to make sure that the veneers look as perfect as possible. You should know that the veneer placement process can cause some slight soreness issues. Keep reading to learn about this and what you can do to control it. 

Gum Pain

Dental veneers require very precise placement and the wafers are often placed very close to and sometimes underneath the gum tissues. This can cause some inflammation and general discomfort and you may notice that your gums appear swollen for a few days after veneer adhesion. Since inflammation also means an increase in fluid volume, you may notice some bleeding as well. Keep in mind that while you may want to avoid bleeding issues, it is essential to brush and floss your teeth to maintain a healthy mouth with veneers. Use gentle pressure until you notice bleeding subside.

Also, to help reduce inflammation, you can use a basic saltwater rinse three to five times a day. Add about one teaspoon of sea salt to an 8-ounce glass of warm to hot water and stir. Once you see that the salt has dissolved, take a large sip and move your head from side to side so the rinse can bathe your mouth and gums. Spit out the solution and rinse with water to remove the salty taste from your mouth.

Dental Sensitivity

A special enamel release process is utilized to make sure that your veneers fit correctly. Thankfully, newer technology has come along to ensure that the veneers are as thin as possible. Thin veneers mean smaller amounts of enamel removal and a vast reduction in tooth damage. However, since some enamel is still removed, you are likely to notice some sensitivity. This occurs due to the porous dentin exposure. Since dentin is responsible for transmitting temperature and pressure singles to the nerves and then the brain, you may feel some intensity when touching or rubbing the teeth. Any temperature change will initiate a strong sensation too.

You can simply wait out the sensitivity if you like. The dentin will readjust over time. You can also use some numbing creams on the gums and you can avoid anything that may create a strong sensation. Opting for soft foods, gentle chewing, and lukewarm items can help to reduce the problem. For any sensitivity that does not resolve quickly, special kinds of toothpaste can be provided by your dentist.