Why Does Your Dental Crown Hurt?

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Your dental crown is a reliable tooth restoration that can restore your damaged tooth as well as your smile. If you are currently experiencing pain in a tooth with a dental crown, you should come in and have our dentist, Dr. Thomas Davis in College Station/Bryan, Texas, take a look at what is happening.

At the practice of Thomas H. Davis, D.D.S., Inc., we understand that if you have pain in a tooth, there is a very good reason. Normally, the oral pain will not go away by itself. So why would a tooth with a crown be hurting you?

— It is possible, that if your previous dentist didn’t perform a root canal on a tooth before placing the crown, the crown may be pressing down on the nerve in the tooth pulp.

— If you have a crown placed on a tooth which had prior fillings, they may be leaking. When this happens, bacteria could be infecting the nerve root.

— If you unconsciously grind your teeth in your sleep (known as bruxism), this can affect your crown if your bite is also misaligned. You can help prevent pain in your teeth, crown, and jaw by wearing a night guard while you sleep.

Protecting your dental crown from causing issues to your smile means keeping oral bacteria at a minimum. Maintaining your daily hygiene habits are crucial–brushing, flossing, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash all work to keep bacteria down. In addition, regular professional dental cleanings will remove tartar from your pearly whites and along the gumline as well as allow our dentist to check for signs of gum disease.

If you have a crown that is hurting, we strongly encourage you to have it checked and to make sure there is no infection. Dr. Thomas Davis and our dental team are happy to help you keep your smile healthy and vibrant for a lifetime of confident smiles! Please call 979-846-0082 for more information or to schedule an appointment.