Frequently Asked Questions
What if my new filling is sensitive?
We are committed to conservative treatment. That means we only want to do what must be done. Sensitivity after having dental work is very common. We are as gentle as possible, but remember, numbing and removing decay and old, failing fillings is traumatic. Mild sensitivity can linger for as long as six months. It always makes sense to have us re-check your bite too, even though you don’t think that will make a big difference, it often is an almost magical resolve. Until we see you, it is usually good to take an over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil or Aleve. These drugs don’t just relieve pain but reduce inflammation. Only take these if you have no contra-indications or after consulting your dentist or physician. Use for only short duration until the issue can be resolved. Again, our goal is to keep your treatment needs and expenses to a minimum.
Why should I have dental work done if it doesn’t bother me in the first place?
It is tempting to think: Why should I risk sensitive teeth if they aren’t bothering me in the first place? Certainly, the best dentistry is none at all! But, remember “Signs always precede symptoms.” It’s our job to see problems coming before you “feel” anything. Procrastination, neglect and the mindset of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” always leads to more invasive, more costly problems later.
What if my temporary crown came off?
First, don’t panic! It happens and everything will be fine. It is often a challenge in dentistry to have a restoration temporarily in place. In other words, we want it to remain in place, yet be easily removed. The worst part is sensitivity if you have not had a root canal (the nerve removed). Call our office as soon as possible or if it’s after hours you may contact Dr. Moore on his cell phone (502) 387-3706. You may also purchase a temporary adhesive at most any drug store. Make sure you orient the crown on the tooth as a trial run before adding the cement and don’t overdo it. It only takes a small amount. Additionally, any sensitivity can be minimized temporarily with over the counter analgesics and avoiding the affected area. (Drinking with a straw and chewing on the opposite side.)