As scientists have performed research on the common dental problems humans face, one thing has become apparent: we can avoid tooth damage. Cavities, as well as gum disease, are two of the most prevalent but avoidable problems we face today. While we have made progress, it is necessary to continue moving forward toward healthier habits that support long-term health. Routine dental exams and cleanings are one step we encourage our patients to make. But there’s more.
Currently, there remains a strong demand for durable restorative treatment options. Dental crowns meet the needs of patients who have suffered a dental injury or the failure of a previous restoration, such as an old filling. Though durable and long-lasting, crowns are not indestructible. Here, we discuss what it may mean if pain occurs around a dental crown.
Dental Crown Pain May be Normal
In most situations, we encourage patients to schedule a dental checkup right away if they develop any pain in their mouth. However, in the case of a new dental crown, we may suggest that a patient simply call our office to discuss what they are experiencing. Dental crown pain that occurs within the first few days of treatment may be due to the stimulation of dental drilling. When a drill is used to reduce a tooth, the vibration of the instrument travels through enamel to the area where nerves reside. This can cause temporary irritation that lasts for a few days.
But Not Always
Dental pain often signals a problem. When sensitivity or a mild ache persists around a dental crown, we need to explore a potential underlying cause. This may be:
Chronic Nerve Sensitivity
The nerves of teeth are sensitive to vibration. They get enough of this with normal chewing. If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, nerves sustain even more stimulation than they want. Furthermore, every time a tooth needs to be repaired, the nerve is stimulated by the vibration of the dental drill. Sometimes, teeth nerves are so disrupted by repeated stimulation that they become chronically sensitive. Root canal therapy may be necessary to resolve discomfort.
Most people do not expect to develop tooth decay when they have a crown, but this isn’t uncommon. Corrosion doesn’t occur because the crown has been compromised, but because plaque has accumulated around the crown. The margins of a dental crown are vulnerable to deterioration by oral bacteria and acidic byproduct. If this occurs, as it can over time, a cavity may develop near the tooth root. As with sensitivity, root canal therapy may be necessary to restore comfort.
The team at Advanced Dental Design is here to help you love your smile. Contact our Grayslake office to schedule your visit.