Sensitivity after receiving a dental crown varies from patient-to-patient. Typically patients feel some sensitivity to hot or cold liquids and foods. In regards to permanent crowns, you may feel some aching when you bite or a bit of tenderness. After you receive temporary crowns, you could experience an abnormal bite or gum tissue sensitivity.
The remaining portion of the tooth that is located under the crown can influence sensitivity. For instance, you need to take into consideration how decayed the tooth was prior to receiving the crown. If the filling is located very close to the nerve, then you’re more likely to experience sensitivity.
In some instances, sensitivity comes from the surrounding teeth or the tooth that the crown bites against. It’s always best to have all teeth checked to ensure sensitivity is not coming from another tooth.
Crown sensitivity is extremely common and usually subsides within 1-2 weeks. If you’re noticing pain when you bite, the crown is most likely too high and needs to be adjusted. The dentists at Lindner Dental can easily fix this.
Dental Crown Materials
Ceramic crowns blend nicely with your natural tooth color and are generally used to restore the front of your teeth. Porcelain-fused to metal crowns are very durable because they are connected to a metal structure. Gold alloy crowns consist of gold, copper and a few other materials. These crowns don’t wear away or fracture and they provide a strong bond to the tooth. Base metal alloy crowns consist of non-noble metals that resist corrosion and require only a small amount of healthy tooth to be removed.
Which Crown is Right for Me?
According to the American Dental Association, the all-porcelain crown sealing ability is dependent on the filling materials and the quality of the underlying tooth. On the other hand, the other three offer good seals against leakage.
Gold and metal alloy crowns are the most durable while the all-porcelain crowns are not as strong, especially when put under pressure. Even more durable than gold and metal alloy crowns is the crown of porcelain-fused to metal crown. You should keep in mind that gold and metal crowns are best used in the back teeth due to the color. Porcelain crowns match the color of your teeth so they appear almost invisible.
Crowns can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. Brushing and flossing twice a day is your best bet for keeping your crowns in pristine condition. Scheduling regular checkups with Lindner Dental is another great way to maintain good oral hygiene.