Are you experiencing discomfort around a new or established dental crown? There are some things you can do at home to alleviate this discomfort. However, you may ultimately need to visit Cardwell Family Dentistry so that Dr. Laurin Cardwell can treat the tooth.
What Causes Tooth Crown Pain?
There are several things that can cause tooth crown pain, including:
– A crown that was placed without root canal therapy could be putting pressure on a traumatized nerve.
– Teeth grinding, which puts pressure on any areas of the crown that is too high.
– Previous fillings, particularly amalgam fillings, with leakages that can cause infection in the nerve of the tooth.
How Can I Alleviate Discomfort at Home?
The first thing you should do is determine if you grind your teeth at night. Watch for symptoms like a tight, painful jaw when you wake, long-lasting pain, occasional swelling in your lower face, and grinding sounds when you sleep.
Getting a mouth guard from the drug store can help alleviate teeth grinding, as can taking stress medication. In addition, you can try placing a warm, moist washcloth on your cheeks to relax your jaw before bed.
In addition, make sure you are taking good care of your smile by brushing and flossing daily. This can help the health of your crown.
When Should I See My Dentist for Treatment?
Call our dentist in Sylva, North Carolina, if your tooth with a crown continues to ache. Discuss your symptoms, any bruxism symptoms, and anything you’ve already tried to relieve the discomfort with her.
How Will My Dentist Fix the Problem?
Dr. Laurin Cardwell will examine your mouth and then may check your bite by having you bite down on articulating paper. This will reveal any high spots in the crown. If any are discovered, they will be filed down.
If an infection is causing your discomfort, root canal treatment may be necessary. The crown would likely need to be removed so that our dentist can remove the infection.
We welcome you to contact our office at 828-631-3567 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.