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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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