Remedies for Crown Sensitivity

Last updated Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Remedies for Crown Sensitivity

Don’t let your crown get you down. Caps can do a world of good. Unfortunately, this procedure sometimes causes tenderness. Dealing with drawbacks may be necessary to get the benefits. Luckily this sensation rarely persists, but you know what lasts? The upgrade in care for your tooth!

Sensitivity may only last a few days. When this area continues to be tender, you’ll need an easy remedy or two. The pain could be rather minor. You may be sensitive to:

  • Cold Foods and Drinks. Give that milkshake the cold shoulder until you’re completely healed. Ice cream and other frozen foods can give you more than a brain freeze. 
  • Hard or Crunchy Foods. Chomping down on something tough isn’t recommended. Jolly Ranchers may be tasty, just not for you. 
  • Hot Foods and Drinks. Steaming hot foods can really wake up your nerves. Consider room temperature drinks instead.

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Why You May Experience Crown Sensitivity After Replacement

How can a helpful procedure wind up hurting? Should you even bother if there could be soreness? Yes! You may not have any sensitivity. Not everyone notices such effects.

A cap doesn’t just magically fit over your tooth. Some enamel must be cleared away first. Teeth are naturally coated in this substance that helps preserve them. Discomfort can creep in once the protective covering is removed. Your tooth must transition from enamel to a crown. Irritating sensations are common.


A tooth that has sustained a root canal is a common spot for crowns, but not always. Teeth needing structural help benefit from caps. A healthy tooth may need this procedure because of an accident resulting in breakage.

You’ll be able to tell if the fit isn’t just right. Pain could start out as pressure and get worse. An infection could develop. Problems can arise when old fillings are covered. Having a skilled dental professional helps eliminate such errors.

Root Death

A root canal can save a traumatized tooth. Diseased pulp is removed from within the root. A cap provides the finishing touch. The completed creation can now function properly.

These teeth aren’t dead; they’re simply inactive. Like volcanoes, inactive teeth should not be forgotten. Nerves, gums and bones still need care.   

Root Fracture

While they safeguard teeth, caps aren’t magic. Damage still happens. A root fracture is one such injury. When the outside of the tooth cracks, it’s most likely a fracture.

Pain can crop up when crowns are placed on these ailing teeth. You may not be hurting 24-7 but if you like chewing your food, professional help is needed.

The mention of the word ‘crack’ may make you think a fracture is easy to spot. Sometimes this is the case, but not always. Tiny, hairline fractures can be hard to see with an untrained eye. Having a qualified dentist like Dr. Mansoor examine you is the best way to know for sure.

Gum Infection

Crowns can’t do all the work. An important part of dental health involves your gums. Without the protection of gums, roots are left exposed and vulnerable.

Have your gums started receding around a crowned tooth? Consider this a warning. Take it to heart or trouble could follow. Left untreated, gum disease could ravage your mouth. 

Cement Leak

Here’s another instance where it’s important to have the best dentist. A tooth must be fully dry before a crown is cemented. Drying may be achieved with cotton wool, air and dry tips at Smiles by Hanna. Our team understands the importance of getting this procedure right.

Bonding plus moisture equals leakage. A cement leak prevents a cap from staying in place. The crown may even come completely off your tooth! It’s easy to understand how this situation can be uncomfortable.    

Top Crown Sensitivity Remedies

Learning about the pain doesn’t make it go away. Get needed relief by:

  • Applying Ice. An ice pack can ease discomfort. Hold cold pack against your cheek. Start feeling better in minutes. 
  • Exercising. Get moving to send pain packing. Exercise can release endorphins that can make you feel fit as a fiddle. 
  • Relaxing. Deep breathing techniques can shift your focus on something instead of the pain. A guided meditation can be more beneficial than medicine. 
  • Sticking to a Solid Oral Hygiene Routine. Consistent brushing is a must. Flossing is important too! These two activities may not feel good at first, but they actually help your mouth heal. 
  • Taking NSAIDS. Over-the-counter pain pills may help. Naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin are generally alright but check with your dentist first. 
  • Using a Saltwater Rinse. Salt can be your mouth’s friend. Rinsing with saltwater can reduce inflammation, prevent further growth of bacteria and decrease plaque. 

Tip: If you grind your teeth, a mouthguard can help relieve sensitivity. Ask about custom mouthguards at Smiles by Hanna!

How Do I Keep My Crown in Great Condition?

Caring for your new cap takes dedication. Once you learn the rules, following them can become second nature over time. Help preserve your crown by:

  • Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene. Help lengthen the lifespan of dental work, teeth, and gums this way. There’s really no substitute for regular brushing and flossing. 
  • Nipping Bruxism in the Bud. Teeth grinders beware! Engaging in this activity causes damage. A custom mouthguard or Botox can be easy fixes. 
  • Routinely Getting Professional Dental Care. Make and keep your cleaning appointments twice each year. Needed X-rays are taken. Your dentist examines your mouth. Potential issues can be addressed before they become troublesome. 
  • Sidestepping Certain Foods. Gummy, chewy, sticky, and gooey foods do crowns no favors. The same goes for super hard substances like ice, jawbreakers, toffee, and brittles. Watch out for foods like olives and cherries that may still have rock-like pits. 
  • Using Your Teeth for Food ONLY. Biting your nails, pens, and pencils isn’t helpful. Even ripping open wrappers or chewing tags off this way can weaken your dental health.

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