Why are my crowns sensitive?

When I was 18, I fell and broke my two front teeth. I got crowns to cover both teeth. They were porcelain on front, metal on back. I am now 28 and decided last December to replace the crowns with full porcelain, strictly for cosmetic reasons. Teeth were sensitive for a few weeks then got better. 4 mo later sensitivity to cold and air came back and has stayed. I use sensodyne and sleep in a night guard. It's only the left front tooth that's sensitive. Very weird that it's not both. Any ideas??

Doctor Answers 2

Sensitivity with #crowns #DrSoftTouch

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Hello there,
My advice for you would be to return to your dentist for an evaluation. Often times, a simple bite adjustment will fix the issue. However, if you are still experiencing the same symptoms after having your bite adjusted, root canal treatment may be necessary. Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.

Sarah Thompson, DMD
St. Louis, MO area (O'Fallon, IL)
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Sensitive crowns

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Preparing teeth for crowns may exacerbate an existing chronic inflammation in a tooth. In addition, one of the risks of have a crown is temporary or permanent damage to the tooth nerve that may require root canal treatment. You may experience sensitivity in a tooth that you thought was OK before the crown. I suggest getting your tooth evaluated by your dentist to determine the cause of the sensitivity. Good luck

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