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When a Dental Crown Hurts

Dental Crown Houston , TXDental crowns are known for their ability to protect teeth from painful injury. Usually, when a dental crown is placed over a tooth, an injury has already occurred. Sometimes, that injury is evident and painful; sometimes it is not. Whether pain occurs before a dental crown or not, it is not a sensation that one expects to encounter after their crown has been installed. Here, we want to discuss why a crown might hurt and what we may need to do to restore comfort.

Tooth Structure Plays a Role

To understand any reason why a dental crown may hurt, we’ve got to look at the natural structure of teeth. What we see on the surface is a coating of enamel. This is a tough substance that resists breakage and exists on teeth to protect softer components like tiny tubules, nerves, and blood vessels. At the centermost area of each tooth is where the most delicate materials reside, including the nerves.

Like any other nerve in the body, the one that is situated in a tooth will respond to stimulation. This could be the temperature of the food you eat or the sensation of your toothbrush. Nerves will also react to dental injuries such as a crack or chip and dental work due to the vibration of the dental drill. This is a critical aspect of tooth anatomy because it helps us see why dental crown treatment may result in pain.

What Might Cause Dental Crown Pain?

In many cases, the pain that is associated with dental crowns occurs the day of or the day after treatment. This discomfort is related to the stimulation absorbed by the nerve of the tooth during treatment and possibly during the initial injury. Pain that develops after dental crown treatment usually resolves on its own. However, there is no way to guarantee this. Sometimes, pain requires further treatment.

If dental crown pain tends to occur only when you bite down, the problem could be that the crown structure is a little high and is hitting the opposing tooth incorrectly. This may be a relatively easy fix that involves adjusting the shape of the crown.

If dental crown pain persists or worsens, your dentist may want to take x-rays to observe the state of the root and nerve of the tooth. The stimulation from injury and dental work may have been too much for the nerve and root canal therapy may be needed to eliminate persistent pain.

Our staff provides gentle care in a friendly environment. If you’re experiencing dental pain, we can help you feel better. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a visit to one of our Houston offices or another office near you.

Sealed with a Kiss

Dental Sealants Houston, TXKisses from our children may be some of the most special treats we ever receive. Parents want to do what they can to protect those kisses and the healthy mouths behind them. At Royal Dental, we support this objective by providing the friendly services children need to feel more comfortable in the dental office. During early childhood is when the greatest opportunity for prevention exists. Through routine checkups, cleanings, and preventive techniques, we stand an excellent chance against cavities. Here, we want to discuss the benefits of dental sealants to preserve healthy smiles.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants aren’t fixtures like crowns or braces; this term describes a technique through which susceptible surfaces are covered with durable material. It’s like when we apply car wax after washing our car. We do this because we want to extend the results of the cleaning we just performed. Buffing car paint with wax means there is a subtle barrier between it and the outside world. The same is achieved when we apply dental sealants to a child’s teeth.

The teeth that we treat with dental sealants are the molars and, sometimes, the premolars. These teeth have larger chewing surfaces, and those surfaces have deep crevices or grooves. Because food and bacteria can get trapped in these grooves, there is a higher likelihood for tooth decay. By creating a durable barrier, dental sealants have been able to reduce this risk by as much as 80 percent.

Painless Treatment for a Pain-Free Smile

Prevention is the name of the game in pediatric dentistry. We are all about demonstrating how to brush and floss children’s teeth and protecting young smiles with proven techniques like dental sealants. Permanent teeth that erupt sometime around age 6 or 7 can be treated right away in a process that takes only a few minutes and a few simple steps.

Dental sealants are usually applied as a final aspect of the routine dental cleaning. After teeth have been polished and dried, we etch enamel ever-so-slightly so the liquid sealant will stick to the surface. When the sealant is brushed on in liquid form, we then harden it with light. The final result should last about five years.

There is no need for children to suffer unnecessary tooth damage. Call a Royal Dental office near you to schedule dental sealants for the smiles you love. We have offices throughout the Houston area and environs.

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