A dental crown is a protective barrier around your tooth but is not an exception to gum infections. Expecting a mere dental restoration like crowns to not decay or cause cavities is unrealistic. Your dental crown or surrounding gum can get infected without proper oral hygiene, just like your natural tooth. Let’s further discuss what to do in such a situation.
Gum Infection After Crown
If you develop a gum infection after the crown, it can be due to two reasons.
- Bad/ill-fitting Crown
- Pre-existing Gum issues like bone loss and receding gums
It is normal to have sore gums after dental crown placement, but it should not last more than 2 weeks. If the pain does not subside, seek medical help.
Abscess Under Crown Symptoms
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the tooth’s root. It can also cause gum infection after the crown. Signs of an abscess formation include:
- Extreme, continuous throbbing toothache leading to your jawbone, ear, or neck area
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Pain due to strain while biting
- Bad breath
- Sore lymph nodes
- Change in taste and sudden pain relief if the abscess ruptures
- Swelling on the face or cheek, causing problems in chewing and swallowing
Treatment of Gum Infection Around Crown
Gum infection treatment is divided into two categories for better understanding.
- Basic Treatment Options
Gum infection around crown treatment includes a fusion of at-home care and clinical procedures. Your dentist can suggest a deep dental cleaning (scaling and root planning) to eliminate bacteria under your gums. Or they can prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection. However, your job is to maintain proper oral hygiene to avoid this scenario.
- Advanced Treatment Options
Some cases require gum surgery to remove the infection and fix any harm to the gums or bone beneath. This includes procedures like:
- Bone grafting
- Gum grafting
- Flap surgery
If the crown itself is caused by infection, it may need to be removed, adjusted, or replaced. If there’s nothing wrong with your gums but with your crown, it can be re-adjusted or replaced.
Preventing Gum Infection Around Crown
Once you have a permanent crown, you can make it last a lifetime with proper care. These prevention care tips include:
- Avoid the consumption of sugary, hard, acidic, or citric foods and beverages for a while
- Keep away from random habits like chewing pen or ice to protect the crown
- Brush and floss twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and proper flossing technique, especially around the crown
- Routine visits to your dentist to get your crown examined with regular scaling
- Be vigilant about any changes you notice in your crown.
Gum infections are common around natural teeth as well as dental restorations. This does not mean you get worried and leave your damaged or cracked tooth untreated.
Proper oral care and expert crown placement from a dental specialist like Dr. Allen Jahangiri at Noble Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can make your crown last a lifetime without complications. Dial (281) 394-2929 to book an appointment.