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3 Signs You Are Having Problems With Your New Dental Crown

by Claire Ward

After you get dental crowns, you might be thrilled with the perfect, streamlined appearance of your new tooth. Unfortunately, everyone is different, and some people experience complications with their dental work. Here are three signs that you are having problems with your new dental crown, and how your dentist can make things right:

1: You Feel Like You Are Having An Allergic Reaction

If you have had dental work before, then you are probably familiar with the numb feeling that normally accompanies dental visits. Unfortunately, a few unlucky patients might have more severe reactions to some of the materials used in dental work. Here are a few signs you have having an allergic reaction to your new crown:

  • Swelling: If your cheeks, tongue, or the roof of your mouth are swelling, you might be having a reaction called Stomatitis or Angioedema. People who suffer from Stomatitis generally have swelling that burns, while Angioedema involves non-painful swollen areas.
  • Lesions: Is your mouth filled with painful cankers? You might be suffering from Lichenoid or Erythema multiforme lesions. Lichenoid reactions typically look like raised, white lines that form on the inside of your cheeks or other oral mucosa. Erythema multiforme lesions are more serious, and usually involved swollen areas, blisters, and painful ulcerations. 
  • Redness: If your mouth and gums turn bright red, you might have a reaction called Plasma cell gingivitis. This condition forms when white blood cells swarm your gums to fight off what your body thinks is a foreign invader.

If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 or have someone take you to the hospital immediately. However, if your symptoms are less severe, make an appointment with your dentist. He or she might prescribe antihistamine drugs or topical steroids to treat your condition. If your reaction is ongoing, your crown might need to be removed and replaced with a different material.

2: Your Crown Feels Loose

Does your crown feel loose? If your new dental work moves around slightly, the underlying cement might have become degraded. If water makes its way underneath the crown when it is being placed, the cement might not have sealed the space between the crown and your tooth, letting food, moisture, and bacteria enter the area.

If you have a strong gag reflex, it could have made it harder for your dentist to attach your crown. When patients move around a lot or gag constantly, dentists typically have to work more quickly than they would otherwise, which can affect the quality of your crown placement.

Fortunately, your dentist can remove and reattach your crown easily. If you have a hard time sitting still during dental procedures, talk to your dentist about it. He or she might be able to prescribe drugs to help you to relax, which can improve your dental work and make your dentist's job easier.

3: Your Bite Seems Uneven

It might take awhile to get used to your new tooth, but if your bite feels uneven, there might be a problem. If you moved around when your crown was being placed, it could have altered the interlock between your upper and lower jaw. An uneven bite can cause these complications:

  • Discomfort: If your teeth don't fit together properly, it can make your jaw sit crooked and put strain on the surrounding muscles. 
  • Wear Down Surrounding Teeth: A crooked crown could also ram into surrounding teeth, rubbing away enamel or causing painful fractures.

Don't hesitate to call your dentist if your bite feels uneven. After evaluating your bite, your dentist can adjust your existing crown to keep you comfortable.  

Being able to recognize early issues with your dental crown might help you to fend off frustrating complications later. 


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