Tooth Pain After Crown

Tooth Pain After Crown

Possible Reasons and Treatment Options

Tooth crown replacement is performed by your dentist due to a number of different reasons. In some cases though, patients may experience tooth pain after a crown ranging from mild to severe. Here is a list of possible reasons for crown replacement related tooth pain:

Allergic reaction

The first reason you may be feeling tooth pain after a crown is an allergic reaction to the metal or material used!

There are various materials used as a filling when performing this procedure. These include metals like gold and silver and also other materials like resin, porcelain, and ceramic. In some instances, a patient may be allergic to some of these. Make sure that you inform your dentist of any allergy you have before committing to the therapy.

Allergic reaction can be corrected with the right precautions. If you are uncertain whether you are allergic to a certain material or not, your dentist may go for the safer porcelain or he may choose to use a temporary crown first to avoid this cause of tooth pain.

Cracked root

Tooth crown replacement is often performed because of a broken tooth. When the procedure fails to put the tooth together due to poor finish, tooth pain after crown replacement may occur.

This can be corrected simply by re-doing the procedure. If the condition of the tooth is worse than it was first diagnosed, more procedures like tooth filling or root canal may be necessary.

Adjustment period

Crown replacement is also usually a follow-up procedure to tooth-invasive surgeries. As such, the insides of the tooth may still be healing. It can take a while for the tooth pain to subside and this again can be a reason for tooth pain after crown treatment.

Normally, if the pain is not severe, all it needs is a few days of adjustment period. This may simply be associated with mild sensation of tenderness. But if the tooth pain is getting in the way of activities and normal lifestyle, or if the tooth pain is persistent, painkillers may be prescribed.

Therapy failure

Procedures like root canal (endodontic therapy) and tooth filling can involve removal of most or majority of the original crown. As such, these procedures are followed up by replacement of the lost crown.

But if the therapy that comes with this is a failure, say for example the tooth filling procedure failed to remove all the infected tooth pulp or the root canal caused an irritation to the periodontal tissues, the patient will experience tooth pain after the crown replacement. This is remedied by redoing the whole process or in some cases, tooth extraction.

Lose crown fitting

The crown that is installed is secured by a cement-like material deposited beneath it. This is what bonds it to the remainder of the original tooth. However, this bonding material can become loose. When this happens, bacteria can begin to enter the tooth and cause cavities and/or decay. This will be signaled by tooth pain.

Procedures that may help correct this include tooth filling, root canal, or tooth extraction. In the case of the first two, another crown replacement will be performed. Painkillers may also be used along the process to minimize pain.

Tooth pain after crown replacement or surgery can happen and in most cases it may be due to the treatment and subside. If your tooth pain after having a crown persists or becomes more severe, it is advised to visit your dentist.