Should a Tooth Hurt after getting a Crown?

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Dental crowns are commonly placed over damaged teeth that have sustained severe decay, are broken, badly chipped, or cracked. These dental health concerns often cause tooth sensitivity or pain. Placing a custom-made dental crown over the tooth ideally stops the discomfort, and restores your chewing ability. But, what happens when the tooth continues hurting after getting a crown? Here’s what to do if you experience tooth pain when a tooth has been capped.

General dentist in Orange City, Dr. Terry Soule, wants to first share what to expect after getting a crown so that you can determine when to call the dentist.

Right after your crown is placed, you may experience some slight sensitivity initially. But, this discomfort should subside rather quickly, lasting no more than a couple of weeks. However, if you feel throbbing pain or pain that is severe, with or without biting, it’s time to schedule a visit at our Orange City general dentist office.

Following your crown placement, be cognoscente of these signs:

  • Tooth sensitivity or pain when chewing or biting
  • Sore tooth when you wake up
  • Chronic tooth pain that does not subside
  • Sensitivity with hot or cold substances

Causes of Pain After a Dental Crown

Ideally, your tooth feels completely normal after getting a crown. But, if the tooth does bother you, it could be several factors to blame. The only way to know for certain is to schedule an appointment at the dentist.

The dental crown is damaged

Dental crowns are fabricated from durable dental porcelain, designed to sustain normal biting and chewing pressure. However, dental crowns are not indestructible. Accidentally biting on a bone fragment or hard piece of candy or ice could crack or otherwise damage the crown. If this is the case for you, sensitivity may occur when biting or chewing.

The dental crown has become loose

Dental crowns are cemented into place with a permanent adhesive. Once in place, it can only be removed by the dentist. However, crowns become loose for various reasons. One reason could be that your underlying tooth structure has begun decaying, which could happen years after the crown’s initial placement. Also, if the crown did not fit properly from the beginning, it could become loose rather soon after you received it. It is for this reason that it is essential to choose an experienced and trusted restorative dentist in Orange City, such as Dr. Soule, when you need a dental crown.

Bruxism or clenching and grinding your teeth

Lots of people have bruxism and don’t know it. Bruxism is when you clench and grind your teeth while sleeping. This exerts an enormous amount of additional pressure on your teeth, jawbones, and jaw joints. Not only does it result in chronic headaches and jaw pain, but it also could permanently damage your teeth or ruin your dental restorations such as crowns. A convenient and easy way to protect your teeth is to wear a custom-fitted nightguard from your Orange City dentist.

Compromised tooth structure

There is another scenario that could be likely, yet it is difficult to detect even on a dental x-ray. In some instances, the underlying tooth could have a microscopic crack that could not be detected before placing the crown. Like a log of firewood that has a crack in it, the constant pressure eventually causes the crack to go deeper and deeper until the entire log is split in two. In the case of a cracked tooth, the fracture could have reached the root before a crown was ever placed. If the tooth’s crack reaches the roots, then the tooth is not repairable, even with a dental crown.

What to do if my crowned tooth hurts

With advancements in dental technology, there is no reason for you to suffer in silence. At Terry Soule, DDS, we can help diagnose your dental pain, and provide solutions for the problem. If you have a crowned tooth that hurts, contact Terry Soule, DDS, by calling (386) 775-1552 or book an appointment online today!

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