Dental Crown Pain: What’s Going On?
- Posted on: Jul 15 2018
Dental crowns provide valuable benefits to individuals who have experienced an injury to a tooth. These restorations are commonly used to repair fractures, breaks, and to replace old fillings that have outlived their use. If you have received a dental crown, you expect for pain to be a thing of the past. You may even expect for the crowned tooth never to suffer further damage. To develop pain after a dental crown is understandably upsetting. Here, we discuss why this may happen and whether or not you need to see your dentist for dental crown pain.
Tooth Anatomy and Dental Pain
Teeth have layers of material that range from very soft (dental pulp) to tough (enamel). The harder enamel is situated at the outermost part of the tooth to protect soft tissue from irritation. If you eat something cold or bite something hard, you may feel a twinge of discomfort. This is because nerve endings span out from the pulp chamber at the core of the tooth and may sense changes on the surface. The nerves of teeth can even react to dental work, which is why we numb the treatment area before restorative and some cosmetic procedures.
Tooth anatomy plays a role in dental crown pain as much as it does pain due to a cavity or injury. When a tooth is prepared for a crown, its size is altered with a dental drill. The vibration from the instrument can irritate the nerve. Usually, this irritation lasts only a day or two and does not indicate anything more than a slight disruption to the tooth’s core.
When Pain Lingers
If a dental crown hurts weeks after it has been installed or chewing is painful with a new dental crown, it could be because the new structure isn’t fitting perfectly with existing dental anatomy. We are careful to achieve the appropriate sizing when situating dental crowns so they meet opposing teeth comfortably. It is possible that some point of a crown sits too high and creates nerve irritation when chewing occurs. A simple adjustment can resolve this problem.
Another potential reason for dental crown pain is irreversible nerve disruption. When a tooth is repaired, there is no way of knowing exactly how the nerve will react. Usually, temporary irritation is where it ends. In some cases, though, the nerve remains inflamed and needs to be removed with root canal therapy.
Outside of temporary sensitivity after treatment, a dental crown should not hurt. If you are experiencing dental pain, please call our St. Francisville office at 225-635-4422 to schedule a consultation.
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