There are many reasons your tooth may experience pain after permanent crown surgery, both right after the surgery and long term. Pain after permanent crown surgery is nothing to worry about, especially in the days immediately following the surgery. But let’s discuss some reasons for the pain after permanent crown placement as well as some solutions.
The most likely cause of tooth pain after permanent crown surgery is inflammation, bruising and irritation from the surgery. This is especially true if the pain is experienced immediately in the days following the surgery. This kind of pain after permanent crown surgery best handled with over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, you should always ask your doctor for medication recommendations if you’re experiencing pain after permanent crown placement.
Another cause of pain after permanent crown surgery is bruising or cuts on the inside of your mouth from biting your own tongue or cheek. This often happens post-surgery before the anesthetic has worn off, and should go away in due time. That being said, it’s often suggested to not eat or drink hot drinks until the anesthesia has worn off to avoid biting or burning your mouth.
If you are still experiencing pain after permanent crown surgery a few weeks later, it may be due to irritation from the dental cement used to secure the crown, the crown may need to be adjusted, or the tooth may just need some time to settle. Using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth helps some, as does continued use of over-the-counter pain medications.
Several weeks later, if you are still experiencing pain after permanent crown surgery, the tooth may need to be further adjusted or there is a potential that you may need a root canal. Either way, contact your dentist to discuss your case further so your pain can be alleviated.