So you’re noticing a strange sensation around your crown or laboratory –prepared restoration. It may be an implant crown, a bridge, a veneer or a standard crown. It can leave your wondering, what is happening with my crown?
A burning sensation or pain around the crown can be due to several things:.
- Excess cement around the crown and under the gum.
- An allergic reaction to the material used in constructing the crown.
- An allergic reaction to the dental cement.
- An allergic reaction to dentifrices; tooth paste, floss,
- Injury around the crown due to aggressive flossing or brushing.
- An improperly fitting crown or restoration.
- Poor oral hygiene or gum inflammation.
- Oral conditions or diseases.
The most common issues causing burning pain around a dental crown are gum inflammation or injury due to aggressive cleaning, and allergies to foods or dentifrices. A less common reason can be a hypersensitivity reaction to the material used to construct the crown.
A traditional crown is constructed of a base skeleton of a composite of metals, including nickel, gold and aluminum with a tooth-colored porcelain finish baked onto the cast center. A burning sensation around a crown that is not relieved after all other factors are ruled out and it is determined that the source of pain is from hypersensitivity, the crown or restoration without the offending material will need to be replaced.
Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist to ask him or her, “what is happening with my crown?”