Teeth sensitivity to cold liquids is fairly common. It’s so common that approximately 40 million adults in the United States experience it at some point. Teeth sensitivity after drinking cold liquids usually occurs suddenly and can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe.
We recently received a phone call from a patient who said, “Ever since I’ve had a crown put in, my tooth has been sensitive to cold liquids like iced water and pop. Why is that?” We told her that there are a number of reasons this may be occurring. Her tooth may be sensitive to cold because her bite is high, she grinds or clenches her teeth, there is excessive cement in her mouth, or nerve damage. There may also be a minor recession of gum tissue, which exposes the edge of the root.
While crown sensitivity to cold liquids can happen, it should only occur for a few weeks after you receive your crown. If you are experiencing it for more than few weeks, it’s a good idea to visit the dentist. They will likely adjust your crown and resolve the problem. If the dentist finds that the sensitivity is coming from another tooth, an alternative treatment will be recommended.
Crowns are the ideal choice for many patients because they blend in well with their natural teeth and can improve their smile and self-confidence. They are also very durable and can last for years. Don’t let the chance of a bit of tooth sensitivity to cold liquids for a short while stop you from receiving a crown.
Contact River Run Dental
If you’d like more on dental crowns and how they affect tooth sensitivity, don’t hesitate to contact our Richmond, VA office. Feel free to call us at (804) 262-1060 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!