The dental crowns are also used for capping the dental implants. However, there are some common dental crown issues you should watch out for.
Sensitivity & Pain
After getting your dental crowns, you might feel pain and your teeth might become sensitive. These are normal reactions, but if pain persists for more than a week, you should definitely talk to your dentist.
Also, in order to reduce the sensitivity, it is advisable to use a de-sensitizing toothpaste which will help. Before the crowns are placed on your teeth, the dentist needs to file down your biological teeth, this is why you will put up with a general sensitivity for up to 2 weeks.
If you feel a great deal of pain while you a biting your food, then most probably the crown is being placed too high. Call for an appointment and your dentist will carry out the necessary adjustments so that you will be able to chew or speak without any problems.
The dental crows that are made of porcelain can chip easily, especially if your crown is several years old and is worn out. The dentist will use composite resin to fix the smaller chips, but in the case of excessive chipping you might need to get a new dental crown, since the old one cannot be repaired.
Loose dental crowns
Over time the bonding cement used to fixate the crown will wash out. This will make your crown feel loose, and you might not be able to chew food properly, brush your teeth or speak properly. Another problem is that bacteria can easily seep underneath the crown and inflammation can easily occur.
If you feel that your dental crown has become loose, you should call for an appointment, because the dentist will recement the crown properly. If your dental crown becomes loose while you are on your holiday for example, you can temporarily fix the problem by purchasing a special home dental kit containing dental cement.
Dental crown possible allergies
Dental crown allergies are quite uncommon, but they can happen especially in the case of people who are allergic to metals. Some of the first signs of an allergic reaction to dental crown may include tingling, bitter taste, dry mouth, or even swelling of the tissues around the crown. Some patients also experience these allergic reactions to the temporary soft liners the dentist will fit before placing the dental crowns.
Some important tips relating to dental crowns:
-if you have a history of allergic reactions to metals, you should tell about these to your dentist before getting the crowns. The same goes for patients with latex allergy (soft liners)
-for the first few weeks after getting the dental crowns stay away from chewy and crunchy foods such as toffee, popcorn, raw vegetables, snacks, etc.
-for a few weeks try to chew your food extremely slow, and do not chew on the area of your mouth where you got your dental crowns.