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.

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