Are You Experiencing Tooth Crown Pain? What to Do
Unfortunately, having a crown placed on your tooth does not mean you’ll never feel pain in that tooth again. Tooth crown pain can occur for several reasons. The important thing is to call a dentist near you and let him or her know there is a problem.
Typically, pain around the crown of your tooth can be caused by:
- Tooth Misalignment
- Bacterial Infection
- Nerve Damage
Misalignment tends to be the most common cause, especially if you grind your teeth at night or under stress. It also might be because your bite is around teeth that are higher than they should be.
The Risk of Infection
Sometimes previous fillings can introduce bacteria into the filling and cause an infection. And if the crown was fitted without a root canal, that means you still have a nerve underneath. The nerve may be feeling pressure from an ill-fitting crown.
Do You Grind Your Teeth at Night?
If you are feeling pain around your crown, do your jaw muscles feel tight or painful when you first wake up? Does your face ever swell or do you feel long-lasting pain around your jaw? You might be grinding your teeth at night. There are steps you could take to reduce the grinding. Talk to your dentist about having a night guard custom fitted to fit your jaw line.
You might also try to reduce stress before bed either through meditation, a nice relaxing bath, or placing a warm washcloth around your jaw just before sleeping.
If the pain doesn’t go away, call your dentist. Explain your symptoms. You may have to make an emergency appointment.