The fit and design of a filling, crown or restoration is critical to it feeling and looking like a natural tooth. To understand what may be happening to any of these oral procedures, let’s explore each one’s meaning:
A dental filling or dental restoration is a treatment to restore function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure resulting from caries (cavities) or external trauma.
If you have received a filling and it hurts to bite down, the filling may be interfering with your bite and tooth structure. However, if your filling is causing bleeding or tooth sensitivity, the filling may have aggravated or caused inflammation in the nerve of the tooth. If you are experiencing any trouble, irritation or bleeding after a filling, you may need to revisit your dentist to ensure your filling isn’t causing further damage to your tooth and the procedure was done correctly. If you are repeatedly having issues with your filling, you should consider getting a second opinion or visiting a different dentist. A dentist should be able to complete a tooth filling without lasting side effects and, inevitably, costing you more money in the long run.
A dental crown, or a dental cap, completely covers or encircles a tooth and replaces the existing tooth structure.
When it comes to pain with a crown, it may mean the crown isn’t fitting your tooth properly or the alignment is off. When a new crown is placed, your biting surface changes but shouldn’t cause too much discomfort or pain. Sometimes if the crown is placed too high or is placed just a hair out of place it will cause pain. However, if you are experiencing bleeding from where your crown is placed, bacteria may have gotten on the inside of the crown. Once bacteria has conjugated inside a crown, it can cause tooth decay, irritation, infected tissue and lead to gum disease.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, you need to visit your dentist right away. At NoBull Dental, we can provide you with a second opinion dentist and/or a new dentist that better fits your needs, your values and saves you time and money in the long run. Just take our quiz!