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Post-Operative Sensitivity

Post-operative sensitivity can often be avoided by application of desensitizing agents at the time fillings are placed.

Desensitizing agents are often applied to freshly prepared dentin prior to placement of fillings or other restorations. This helps to reduce the permeability of the dentin, which can significantly reduce the incidence of post-operative sensitivity.

Teeth which have recently undergone restorative dental procedures (crowns, fillings, etc.) may develop sensitivity to temperature changes and chewing afterwards. The tooth typically does not ache on its own, and the patient’s bite feels normal. This behavior is normal, and is most often due to an inflammatory response by the body, following surgical procedures on the tooth.

Many people do not realize it, but teeth are living, and are equipped with extremely sensitive nerve tissue which is capable of detecting the subtlest of changes in internal blood pressure, bite forces, etc. Working on teeth during dental procedures frequently produces such changes.

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Author: Thomas J. Greany, D.D.S. / Editor: Ken Lambrecht

This page was last updated on March 6, 2018.

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