Do you have a dental crown protecting one of your teeth, and it is now causing you a lot of pain? If so, know that something could be happening underneath that crown. Here are a few reasons behind that discomfort, and are a reason to visit a dentist to have the problem treated.
A dental crown should be painless. If anything, you'll only experience some discomfort right after the dental crown is installed, but over time, there should not be any discomfort with how the crown feels. You should be on the lookout for any pain that begins after the crown has been placed on the tooth. This is an indication that there is an existing oral health problem with the tooth before you had the crown installed.
For instance, you may have a filling that has become dislodged or a tooth that has become fractured. A dentist should be able to identify these kind of problems before the crown is installed, but it is possible that they developed afterward. You will need the help of a dentist to relieve any discomfort you are experiencing.
The way your teeth align when you bite down can cause discomfort underneath your dental crown. This is more likely to happen when the crown is brand new. Your dentist will look at how your bite aligns with the crown before they secure the dental crown in place.
Unfortunately, there are unforeseen complications that can cause the bite to look fine at the time of your dental appointment, but change after you leave the office. For examples, you may have numbness that has not worn off yet, causing you to be unable to recognize that your bite feels off. There may be inflammation while at the dentist that change how you bite during that inspection.
You should reach out to your dentist as soon as you realize there is a problem with your bite. This is a problem that will not fix itself, and the crown can be buffed so it feels better in your mouth.
Pay attention to how the tooth feels after you have the crown placed on it, especially when it comes to temperature sensitive. A crown that has not been properly cemented onto the tooth may have exposed areas, which will cause the tooth to feel sensitive. You'll need to go back to the dentist to have the crown adjusted.
Contact a dentist, like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA, to get started.