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If you are experiencing tooth pain underneath a dental crown, you will need to address the issue and have Dr. Zana Alnaqib at Smiles by Design in Scottsdale, Arizona examine the area. There is a reason the tooth with a crown is hurting, and generally speaking, it won’t go away on its own. Today we are going to look why a crown might be causing you problems.

The following can cause a tooth to hurt while wearing a dental crown:

— If you have older fillings which have leaked, bacteria might be making its way to the nerve root and causing infection.

— If your crown was placed on a tooth which still has the tooth pulp intact, a nerve might be feeling pressure from the crown. This is why we recommend a root canal on a damaged tooth before placing a crown.

— A crown might also cause problems if you are grinding your teeth at night while you sleep and your bite isn’t aligned properly.

If you are grinding your teeth (also known as bruxism), wearing a night guard can help relieve the pressure on your teeth and crown.

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits to reduce bacteria in the mouth can also help. Brush, floss, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill germs, and don’t forget regular dental checkups to remove hardened plaque and check for gum disease.

If you have pain under a crown, it is important to have it checked to rule out infection in the tooth which might require a root canal. Please give our team a call if you are experiencing tooth pain, and we will get your smile back on track!