After the dental crown is completed, most people will feel satisfied with the results – the looks and the improved function. However, in some instances, some problems might persist such as pain upon biting.
For crowns without any root canal treatment done before it, you will likely experience some sensitivity after a crown is prepared. With the temporary crown in placed, you should be able to function well, though the dentist may tell you to avoid hard or crunchy foods, and to minimize anything that may loosen the temporary crown. The sensitivity can last up to 2 weeks. A root canal might be needed should you have an unusual amount of sensitivity or sharp pain.
As crowns aren’t placed on pristine teeth. They’re only required after a tooth has experienced some complications, such as fracture, tooth decay or a lost filling. These same events can have a detrimental effect on other aspects of the tooth, like its nerve. It may, however, take time for these problems to develop. Because of this, a tooth that previously seemed just fine may suddenly start to hurt, either before the crowning process was begun or even many years after.
That means, while the timing of the symptoms may seem suspicious, the fact that they’ve cropped up is most likely just an indication that all was not well with the tooth initially. Unfortunately, at that time, the full extent of its problem could not be definitively identified. This situation tends to traumatize the tooth or teeth involved and as a result, they may begin to hurt. If left unattended long enough, the pain may become severe.
When treated early, this type of problem is an easy fix for your dentist. They simply need to buff your crown down, so its shape is more in harmony with your bite. Do take note not to expect this type of problem to solve itself. In fact, if this condition is not remedied in a timely fashion it can lead to serious consequences, such as severe pain and a need for root canal treatment.
Pus formation associated with an infection inside a crowned tooth may cause it to extrude slightly out of its socket (the level of the tooth rises when compared to its neighboring teeth). As a result, on closing the tooth will always touch first. To diagnose the problem. Know those teeth that have this problem typically hurt when you bite down. The degree of pain can range from just slight to severe. Also, there might be evidence of swelling in the tissues that surround the tooth.
Many patients indicate that they are afraid of flossing or brushing in the area of their permanent crown, and this only contributes further to future cavity or gum related issues with their teeth. In fact, correct brushing and flossing are necessary to ensure the longevity of the crown.
If you are having any kind of dental pain, please give our Arlington, VA dental office a call! Dr. Hossien Ahmadian is available with convenient hours and location for your comfort.