Reasons Why You May Have Discomfort After Getting a Dental Crown


While dental crowns have a long-term survival rate that exceeds 90 percent, like any type of dental restoration, they can dental-crownpresent challenges. After a dental crown is placed, you should not ordinarily expect to feel any discomfort. If you do, it is important to understand what might be happening and know when to call your dentist.

Reasons For Discomfort Related To Dental Crowns

There are several reasons that you may experience discomfort after you have a dental crown placed. Some of the most common include:

  1. You may have endodontic complications inside your tooth root. If the tooth receiving the crown has not had a root canal, there may be injury or infection in the root causing discomfort. Your dentist can help you determine if a referral to an endodontist is warranted.
  2. Your tooth root may have a crack in it. While dental crowns are effective at protecting tooth structure above the gum line, if your root has become cracked, you may be experiencing an infection or other challenge. If this is the case, extraction of the tooth may be the only option.
  3. The discomfort may be caused by issues with the “bite” of your crown. If your new crown doesn’t precisely match your occlusion, or bite, it can lead to feelings of discomfort fairly quickly. Do not ignore this symptom hoping it will improve – it won’t. However, in many cases, your dentist can correct the bite of your dental crown and resolve this source of discomfort easily.
  4. You may have issues with bruxism that may need to be corrected. Teeth-grinding, or bruxism, can cause damage and discomfort after a dental crown is placed. Since bruxism can damage the structure of natural teeth, it’s essential that you receive a night-guard or other treatments at the same time you receive your dental crown.

“Because discomfort is not a normal after-effect of having a dental crown placed, any significant discomfort you experience should be a reminder to contact your dentist immediately,” says Dr. Melanie Bauer, a dentist in practice at Dr. Carol Ford & Associates in central Phoenix.

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