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November 20, 2019

How to Deal with Dental Crown Pain

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For weeks, you were dealing with a raging toothache that made it hard to focus on living your life. You finally got it taken care of by getting a root canal, and now you’re wearing a temporary dental crown in Allentown until you get your permanent one in a few weeks. Unfortunately, it feels like you’re back to square one with your tooth pain – the crown won’t stop bothering you. There are ways to alleviate your pain, though. Let’s look at a few of them.

What Causes Dental Crown Pain?

It’s common to feel irritation and sensitivity immediately after getting a crown placed. This is due to the placement of cement, which may not agree with the gum tissue at first. To combat this, you can brush with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth, and avoiding chewing hot or cold foods with the newly crowned tooth. Dental crown pain, unfortunately, might last a long time. However, there are a few home remedies you can use until you can see your dentist in Allentown. Let’s look at a few of them.

What Are Some Home Remedies for Crown Pain?

Here are a few home remedies for dental crown pain:

  • Ibuprofen: When it comes to relieving dental pain, ibuprofen is the gold standard. Be sure not to take more than the recommended dose, and don’t take it for more than a few days at a time.
  • Saltwater rinse: Let half a teaspoon of salt dissolve in a glass of hot or warm water. Swish this mixture around in your mouth. Be sure to spit it out, not swallow it. This can be done as often as is required to alleviate your pain. It can also help dislodge any bits of food that may be caught near your dental crown and causing discomfort.
  • Apple cider vinegar: This anti-inflammatory liquid can be applied to the crown area with a soaked cotton swab or cotton ball.
  • Tea tree oil: Much like apple cider vinegar, this can be applied to the crown site with a soaked cotton swab or ball.
  • Wearing a nightguard: Lots of people grind or clench their teeth while sleeping and don’t realize they do it. That’s where your dentist can help. They can craft a custom nightguard, or a tray worn over the teeth to prevent harmful contact between your top and bottom arches at night.

If you experience dental crown pain that lasts more than one day, you should let your dentist know as soon as possible. In the meantime, these home remedies can greatly help.

About the Author

Dr. Bradford Young was born and raised in Allentown, PA, where he has had his own practice for 12 years now. He loves being able to change a patient’s negative perception of dentists with his gentle and compassionate care. If you’re experience pain in your dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Young at (610) 439-1363.

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