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Why Is My Tooth Sensitive After Getting A Crown?

After getting a crown, most people don’t feel any pain or discomfort. But it’s not uncommon to feel some sensitivity in your tooth after you’ve received a crown at EaDo Family Dental. What does this mean? Is it normal? Will it go away? Get answers to these questions and more in this blog post.

Your Pulp May Still Be Irritated Due To Crown Placement

Getting a crown involves removing a significant portion of your natural tooth. This is done in order to make space for your new “false tooth,” and to expose fresh enamel to ensure that the crown adheres to your tooth properly. 

If you’re getting a crown because of a large cavity or a broken/cracked tooth, this also ensures that any decayed or damaged tooth material is removed before crown placement.

However, the process of removing your tooth material can irritate the “pulp” inside your tooth. This is the soft material that’s filled with the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive. Since so much of your tooth material is removed during the process, it’s normal for the pulp to become a bit irritated.

If your tooth feels sore and sensitive for a few days but then the sensitivity starts to fade, this is likely the issue, and it’s nothing to worry about. It will go away on its own.

Your New Bite May Not Be Perfect

In some cases, tooth sensitivity can be caused when a crown doesn’t fit perfectly with the rest of your bite, and there’s a “high spot” where the crown is higher than the surrounding teeth. 

This causes improper tooth-to-tooth contact, which puts more strain on the ligaments and support structures of the tooth, and can cause it to ache or feel more sensitive. 

If you mostly feel pain and sensitivity when you close your mouth and bite down, but your tooth feels normal when you’re not biting, this may be the source of the issue. You should schedule a consultation with a dentist like Dr. John Ma or Dr. Bianca Williams to have your crown checked and adjusted, if necessary.

Your Tooth Is Still Infected Or Decaying

This is quite rare, particularly if you’ve had a crown placed by an experienced dentist like Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma. But, in some cases, the tooth may still be affected by decay, which can cause the pulp below the crown to become infected.

One reason this could happen is due to a hidden, hairline crack in the tooth that could harbor bacteria, and then eventually infect the pulp, causing a tooth infection. If you experience a lot of sensitivity and discomfort, and your tooth does not feel better after 2-4 weeks or longer, this may be the cause of your issue. 

We recommend seeing a dentist as soon as possible to get help. X-rays will need to be taken to confirm the issue, and treatment with root canal therapy will likely be required if the tooth is infected.

Work With The Experts For Restorative Dentistry – Contact Us Today!

If you think that you may need a crown in Houston, EaDo Family Dental is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (713) 474-2334 to schedule a consultation and get the restorative dental treatment you need from our expert team.

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