Dental Tips Blog

Jul
25

Do Dental Crowns Hurt?

Posted in Crowns

When you worry about dental crowns “hurting,” you might have these three areas in mind:

  • Dental crown placement procedure
  • Post-procedure recovery
  • Living with a dental crown

We’ll break these down one-by-one to clear up confusion and put your mind at ease regarding your first dental crown.

Is Getting A Crown Painful?

Not at all. It’s no more uncomfortable than a standard filling. You’ll get a numbing shot so that you don’t feel a thing the entire time.

Post-Placement Sensitivity

It’s possible to experience a little sensitivity for some time after you get a crown. This is because your tooth has to adjust to losing a big part of its outer layer. With time, it will get more tolerant of temperature change. This sensitivity is nothing compared to the pain you could experience if you didn’t get the crown. Sensitivity toothpaste can also help, if you have a small area of recession.

Life With A Dental Crown

Once you’re used to a crown, you probably won’t pay much attention to it, at all.

As long as the crown material you have is compatible with the teeth that will be biting down on it, you shouldn’t have any problems. On occasion, some crowns will be too hard for the natural teeth. That can cause some premature wear and sensitivity.

Your dentist will help you avoid this by recommending a material that’s right for your smile.

Just care for your crown the same way you do for your other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing and not biting down on ridiculously hard objects will keep it strong and comfortable for years to come.

Talk with your dentist about any other concerns you have about dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

Jun
4

Why Is My Crowned Tooth So Sensitive?

Posted in Crowns

It’s not unusual to complain of a sensitive dental crown. Take a look at the following common explanations to see if any of them fits your situation:

Newly Crowned Teeth

A lot of teeth are a bit sensitive for some time after getting a dental crown. The tooth isn’t exactly used to having its enamel replaced with a foreign material. Give your tooth a week or two to settle down and see if it adjusts.

What Is Your Crown Made Of?

Some materials are not so great at insulating your tooth. Crowns made of metal can quickly zap your tooth when you drink hot coffee or take a bite of ice cream. With time, your tooth can adjust to this, as well.

Check The Fit

If the dental cap slips a bit while it’s setting or has too much cement under it, this will affect your bite. Your tooth will probably be sensitive as a result and the dentist will have to adjust it for an even bite.

Extent Of Damage

Teeth that lost a lot of their natural structure are simply more exposed to the environment. If your tooth had decay very close to its core, the nerves there will be much more sensitive. If this sensitivity worsens, you may end up needing a root canal.

Recession Around Your Crown

It might not even be the crown at all that’s causing you problems.

If your gum line is receding or rolling away from the crown, then the tooth’s root surface will be exposed. That’s a very sensitive part of your tooth!

See your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any new symptoms or if your sensitivity gets worse.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Sep
8

Why Is My Crowned Tooth Sensitive?

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve just had a dental crown placed, then you might be feeling a little sore about it…

Or perhaps you’ve had your crown for years and just now you’re experiencing some sensitivity. Is this normal? Should you do anything about it?

When Sensitivity is Normal

It generally does take time for a tooth to “settle down” and even recover from the change of having a crown placed. Our teeth don’t really plan on having their outer layers removed and replaced!

It’s very typical to experience increased sensitivity in a tooth for a couple of months after it is crowned. But if the sensitivity persists for several months after treatment, then you may need to look deeper into the cause.

Sensitivity Can Indicate a Problem

Sometimes, a dentist will find absolutely nothing wrong with a sensitive tooth. A possible reason for an otherwise inexplicable sensitivity could be teeth grinding. Grinding stresses the tooth under the crown and can even cause gum recession. This exposes the sensitive tooth root structures.

An old crown could have a damaged margin that allows bacteria to get in. This can create a cavity underneath the crown and affect the tooth root, causing sensitivity – not good either!

What You Should Do for a Sensitive Crowned Tooth

A sensitive dental crown can be helped by:

  • Using a sensitivity toothpaste
  • Wearing a mouth guard to prevent grinding
  • Having your bite adjusted

If you notice your sensitivity worsening with time despite your best efforts, then it’s definitely time to seek help! Visit your dentist for an examination if your crowned tooth becomes unusually sensitive. It could be time for an update to your restoration.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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