By now I hope you already knew what a dental crown is all about. For the purpose of educating all, I would like to explain some few things about dental crown before I discuss about dental crown pain. Dental crown is an artificial tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth in order to restore the tooth’s normal size, strength, appearance and functionality. Crowns can be cemented over a damaged natural teeth or on dental implants.
What is dental crown pain?
After getting a dental crown whether permanent or temporary, different types of pain related problems might occur. As most dentists will say, it is normal to experience some discomfort around your crown after the procedure. The pain is supposed to last for some few days. You will have to give the site some time to heal. Once the crown has settled in completely, it is believed that you will not experience any form of discomfort again.
However, if the pain is too intense or lasts up to a week or more, then there might be a problem somewhere. The best thing to do at this type of situation is to go back to your dentist for proper evaluation.
Pain from dental crown can be inform of toothache that lasts for hours. In some cases the discomfort may be triggered by a stimulus. The pain can appear due to pressure when you bite down on foods or when you take hot or cold foods and drinks.
As we move on on this article, I will reveal to you some of the reasons why you might experience pain after getting a dental crown.
Common causes of dental crown pain
1. Nerve damage
During the crowning process, a root canal procedure is usually carried out before the crown is being installed. If the crown is installed wrongly or without removing the pulp through root canal, the nerves can be easily damaged due to pressure.
2. Improper fit
Mistakes are unacceptable when it comes to placing dental crowns. Any slightest form of wrong measurement can result to a dental crown that will not fit properly. During the crowning process, some part of the tooth enamel is trimmed off leaving the dentin exposed. You may experience severe tooth sensitivity, if the crown was not able to cover the exposed dentin completely.
3. Sore gum
It’s normal to have sore gums after undergoing a crowning procedure. Your gums may become tender and swollen as well, and all these can lead to some mild discomforts.
4. Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth grinding also known as bruxism is a dental abnormalities that involves uncontrolled grinding or clenching of the teeth. It’s very common to occur at night, most people grind their teeth subconsciously during their sleep.(1) If you are grinding, you should tell your dentist before getting a dental crown. These dental problem can seriously irritate your new crown and cause pain.
How to treat dental crown pain
Well I must say, the first step you should take when treating dental crown pain is to call your dentist and request for an urgent appointment. After proper evaluation, the dentist can determine the actual underlying causes of your problem and the best suitable treatment to stop your pain.
If there is a case of nerve damage or improper fit, your dentist may need to remove your crown and fix the problem. He can even recommend some pain relievers for you, or medications to get rid of sore gums if it’s necessary.
However, if you pain is as a result of teeth grinding, your dentist can help you to stop grinding. There are many effective ways to treat bruxism, wearing a mouth guard can actually help. You can check out my post on how to stop teeth grinding.
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