Why Does My Dental Crown Hurt?

Some of you may assume that when you get a crown, you’ll never have to suffer from a toothache again. But a crowned tooth is still susceptible to pain as other teeth. The pain may develop after the crown has been inserted or a few years later.

Possible Causes

If the pain develops after a dental crown has been added, then it could be related to the gluing process. It could also be the result of an uneven bite. Dental cement that glues the dental crown in place relies on acidic primers that can irritate the tooth nerve. The pain can last a few days or months.

An uneven bite can cause pain because when you bite down, the crowned tooth meets your opposing tooth before all the others. The pain will persist until the crown is filled down by your dentist.


They can develop even with a new dental crown. A dental cavity can form right at the border of your tooth and the crown. Or it can form around the filling’s edge. When a dental plaque builds up in the crowned tooth, it can lead to tooth decay that may spread beneath the crown. If it happens, the nerve tissue can become inflamed and painful.

If the bacteria reach the nerve, it’ll become infected requiring a root canal therapy to remove the infection.

Root fracture

Dental crowns are needed because of large cavities. Even if your tooth has been crowned, the nerve may still be damaged that it dies eventually. It can lead to an abscess in the area that may require a root canal therapy.

Even if that tooth has been treated, the infection may come back and require further treatment. When it happens, your dentist may recommend replacement of your dental crown. Then, a crowned tooth may develop a fracture that may require the tooth to be removed.

Gum problems

With time, gums around your crowned tooth can recede. It will cause the root to be exposed, which may lead to hot and cold sensitivity. If you excessively brush your teeth, it may result in gum recession.

Areas, where there are gum recessions, can be susceptible to plaque buildup leading to a painful gum infection. In some cases, a cement leakage right at the edge of the crown may happen. It’ll result in tooth pain.

Failure of the cement to attach properly to the tooth may lead to the crown moving or coming off causing pain in your crowned tooth.

What must you do?

Go back to your dentist have your condition checked. Your dentist will check your bite to identify if the crown is a touch high. If it reaches high, then an extra pressure is placed on the crowned tooth and may traumatize the nerve.

Your dentist will identify all possible causes of why your dental crown hurts. In this way, proper solution will be applied. There is several possibility of why this thing happens. It’s ideal that you contact your dentist as soon as possible to avoid the problem from getting worse.

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