Why Does That Crown Hurt?

Dental Crowns Scottsdale, AZDental crowns are a necessary method of tooth restoration. As much as we try to prevent the need for extensive tooth repair, this isn’t always possible. Teeth may fracture after years of functioning with an amalgam filling. Teeth may wear down and crack or break suddenly. There is no arguing the idea that there is a need for durable dental crowns. However, there is no reason to portray dental crowns as infallible. The fact is that dental crowns could sustain damage. A tooth that has received a dental crown may develop pain for one of several reasons. If you have a crown that is exhibiting sensitivity or pain, we want you to know what to do about it.

Is there a good reason for dental crown pain?

There is a small window of time during which a dental crown might exhibit a slight amount of pain. It is essential to understand that this is a small window and that your dentist should evaluate any pain that lingers outside of it.

When a dental crown is first installed, the nerve endings of the tooth may be slightly inflamed. The reason this happens is that the tooth has been modified to accommodate the crown. When a tooth is drilled, the vibration of this preparation is mildly irritating to the nerve. As a result, the tooth may ache a bit when cold or warm temperatures are experienced. After a few days, this sensitivity should begin to resolve. Other types of pain related to dental crowns include:

Nerve Sensitivity

Usually, the effects of dental treatment are temporary, and the tooth’s nerves calm down within a few days. It is difficult to guarantee this will happen, though. When a tooth has been repaired previously, there is a higher likelihood that the nerve will remain inflamed or develop future inflammation after the dental crown has been installed. When nerve sensitivity lingers, root canal therapy may be necessary to resolve pain.


A crown is protective, yes; but not indestructible. If plaque accumulates around the margin of the crown or gum tissue recedes, there is an opportunity for decay. Decay near the gum line can result in persistent tooth pain and sensitivity because the area of damage is situated close to the nerve. Routine dental care is essential for gum and tooth health. If pain develops, a root canal may be recommended.

Your Scottsdale dentist cares about your comfort and your long-term oral health. To schedule a visit with us, call (480) 657-6981.