A Dental Necessity
Usually, when our teeth have abscesses or are chipped, dental practitioners provide us with an adequate root canal treatment. Yet, whenever there are cases of greater damage or tooth decay, a crown is needed to be placed on top of the tooth which had previously been taken care of. This crown prevents the tooth from falling apart or developing fractures.
Sometimes, patients are known to complain about the pain in the area that has been recently covered with crowns. This pain can take place for several different reasons which will be discussed below.
Reasons behind Dental Crown Pain
A common cause of pain in the dental crown area is an improperly done root canal procedure. Namely, there might be a pulp tissue left in the canal, or the filling might reach too deep into the tooth. Usually, in these cases, the pain is actually located inside the tooth. Still, the patients may feel it in the crown area.
Also, the pain in the dental crown area may stem from an aesthetic crown which is only temporarily placed, in order to hide a painful fracture until it gets adequately treated.
Alternatively, the crown may not fit the tooth correctly. Basically, it might extend excessively or be too small for the tooth. In the first case, the crown may impinge the gums, leading to swelling while in the second case it might expose the inner surface of the tooth to food and harmful microorganisms, leading to infection. Another reason behind an ill-fitting crown may be that the dentist had made a mistake, taking imprints of the wrong tooth or making mistakes during the crown production in the laboratory, causing it to be imperfect.
There are cases where the gum above the tooth with the dental crown recedes, exposing the root area of the tooth. Since this area is quite sensitive, pain can be felt due to temperature change, leading to crown pain as well.
Finally, there is another case which is considered to be quite common. Even though you are advised to take good care of your new dental crown and brush regularly to keep it clean and safe from bacteria, excessive and aggressive flossing and brushing can damage the gingivial tissues in the area, leading to pain and bleeding.
All in all, many different problems can lead to experiencing pain in the dental crown area of your tooth. However, if you follow the dentist's instructions and take good care of your teeth, having regular checkups and maintaining proper hygiene, you can rest assured that you will not experience pain and discomfort in the area.