Why Would My Dental Crown Hurt?
- Posted on: Jul 30 2018
One of the driving objectives in our office is to help patients sidestep unnecessary dental problems. Our best chance of doing that is to schedule routine care every six months. In case you’ve ever wondered why your dentist does this, now you know. We would love to spend each visit checking and cleaning teeth rather than repairing substantial damage. Because we haven’t yet reached this point, we commit to offering the solutions patients need; solutions like dental crowns.
Do you have a dental crown that hurts? Whether your crown is new or has been in place for several years, pain is an issue that we need to understand. Here, we discuss why a dental crown may hurt and what may need to be done to resolve pain.
Is there ever an instance when pain is normal?
Usually, any dental pain warrants further investigation. There may be one instance in which dental crown pain is somewhat expected: right after treatment. For a dental crown to fit, the natural tooth it will cover needs to be reduced. This usually requires drilling, the age-old way of repairing and altering teeth (more on that in a moment). When a tooth is drilled, vibration travels through the tooth to the nerve, causing irritation. Therefore, after treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive or slightly achy for a day or two. Anything more could indicate a problem.
Problem #1: Decay
This problem is more likely to happen after a crown has been in place for several months or years. Decay can develop in the marginal area, where the crown ends and the tooth begins. One of the reasons we see decay around a crown is because gum tissue has receded. Recession may occur because plaque has developed and soft tissue has become inflamed. Recession may also result as a reaction to metal. We are a metal-free office, so the crowns that we place do not irritate gum tissue no matter how long they are in place.
Problem #2 – Nerve sensitivity
Getting back to the method in which teeth have historically been repaired, dental drilling has been necessary and efficient for many decades. However, there is a consequence to the nerve of a restored tooth. This is especially prevalent when repeated treatment has occurred, such as a crown after a dental filling has been removed. Subsequent treatment means that the tooth’s nerve experiences vibration from a dental drill twice, and sometimes this is too much for the nerve to self-correct. If persistent nerve sensitivity occurs, the solution is usually a root canal. Our office has been equipped with laser technology that can replace the standard dental drill. Therefore, every restoration is gentler and less likely to affect the nerves of damaged teeth.
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