Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

Why Your Dental Crown Feels More Sensitive in the Winter

Icy air doesn’t mix well with sensitive teeth.

Your teeth are covered with tiny pores that expand in warm temperatures and contract in cold ones. This is a natural reaction to protect the nerves inside teeth.

It doesn’t come as a surprise to you that cold air can create a zinging sensation in teeth. But you may be wondering why your crowned tooth is suddenly more sensitive than the others.

Sensitive Dental Crowns

Is your dental crown new? It can take time for a tooth to “settle” with its new covering. Your tooth experienced quite an adjustment when the outer layer was removed to make way for a crown.

In cooler temperatures, your newly-crowned tooth might complain a bit more than your other teeth!

If you’ve had your crown for years, then sudden cold sensitivity could be a sign of trouble. It may mean that your crown has worn to the point of breaking or loosening. This would once again expose your sensitive tooth to the outside world after so much time under a restoration.

What You Can Do

The next priority on your list is getting relief from the sensitivity.

You can try:

  • Breathing through your nose rather than your mouth
  • Avoiding hot drinks while outside in icy temperatures
  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Cutting back on acidic and sugary foods that wear down enamel
  • Not using OTC teeth bleaching kits
  • Brushing gently so as to not cause gum recession around tooth crowns

These tips may not be enough. You should also see your dentist to have your crown examined for signs of failure. If everything checks out, ask for more tips on keeping your smile toasty in cool weather!

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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