Dental Crowns should feel comfortable and should not cause pain. Crown tooth pain is a signal that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.
There are several reasons that you might experience crown tooth pain:
If a crown is placed over an existing tooth, and a root canal wasn’t done, the tooth still has nerves running to it. The nerves and connective tissue are in the center of the tooth, which is called the pulp. If an infection occurs in the pulp, it is called pulpitis, and can be painful.
If a dental crown does not fit well, especially if it is too high, the teeth opposite the crown will hit it with force, instead of biting down properly and distributing the bite among all the teeth. This trauma can cause pain, especially around the gum of the dental crown.
Recessed Gum Line
The gum line around a dental crown can recede over time, exposing sensitive areas of the gum and facilitating increased chance of infection.
The tooth underneath the crown is still alive and still subject to fracture and wear. Pain can come from a cavity or fracture in the tooth. Read more about cracked dental crowns here.
How We Can Help
No matter what the problem is, we can help. Before a solution to crown tooth pain can be found, the problem has to be identified.
- Infection – the source of the infection has to be identified and treated. An infection can be treated with medication, but cause of the infection has to be eliminated. This might mean replacing the original crown, but until an assessment is done, there is no way of knowing the best remedy.
- Trauma – a crown can easily be adjusted to reduce the trauma on the crown. Our Onsite Laboratory makes fitting and customizing crowns simple.
- Recessed Gum Line – if gum disease results because of receding gums along the crown line, the crown can be extended or a new solution for repair, such as a bridge or a dental implant may be the solution.
- Tooth Fracture – the treatment for a fractured or cracked tooth under a crown will depend on the severity of the fracture. If the remainder of the tooth under the crown cannot be saved, there are several alternatives, including a bridge or implants, that can be used to replace the crown.
Each situation is unique and so is each solution. Read more about Common Dental Crown Problems here.
You should not be experiencing Crown Tooth Pain. Call and Make an Appointment as soon as possible, so that Dr. Stone can assess the problem and find a solution that will relieve your pain and restore your smile.