Pain after CEREC Crown

I am dealing with this persistent pain when I bite down. I recently had a CEREC crown done. It was placed on a back tooth and it is my first time with CEREC. The only way I can compare the pain that I feel when I chew is like a nerve pain. I pretty much feel like cringing when I chew anything. I have been back to the dentist twice and have had the tooth shaved. Have you ever heard of a cow chewing effect? That is what my dentist told me that I have. They said that the pain is due to this type of chewing. What do you think?

– Kathryn from South Dakota

Kathryn,

From what you have described, I wouldn’t say that the pain is from the CEREC crown procedure that you recently had done. Generally, the fitting of a dental crown with CEREC technology is easier, since it is all computer generated technology. The computer actually mills the crown for the dentist.

Reasons for the ongoing pain after a crown usually stem from a couple of issues. Your bite could be too high. For example, the tooth sits up higher than the others, so it takes on more pressure than others. In turn, this makes it much more sensitive. Another possibility is that the tooth is infected. Inflammation can occur from the infection. This could lead to the pain you feel when you are biting down. Since you have been back to your dentist to fit the crown, it sounds like the more likely culprit is the tooth infection. You need an x-ray which will help reveal if this is the case. Although, sometimes infection is not visible with an x-ray alone, so you may need to visit a root canal specialist.

Best of luck. I hope this information was helpful.

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Cavities in Children’s Teeth

I have two kids, ages six and four. They both brush their teeth daily in the morning and evening. They are also really good about flossing too and they take fluoride treatments. Sadly, our oldest already has six cavities and our youngest has 11!

I don’t feed them very much sugar, either. Is this a taste of what is to come as they get their permanent teeth I sure hope this is not the case because I really hope that their dental health improves and they have beautiful teeth. Can you give me any advice?

– Jan from Washington

Jan,

From what you have described, it sounds like you are doing a good job with daily teeth cleaning.

Below if a list of risk factors and pediatric dentistry tips that can help prevent tooth decay. Brushing and flossing and little sugar intake are all important, but there is another factor you need to be aware of.

1.Carbohydrate consumption is the number one risk factor for tooth decay. Carbohydrates are transformed into sugar by saliva. Any type of carbohydrate has the potential to cause tooth decay. It’s also important to note that it isn’t the total amount of sugar or carbohydrates consumed. The problem is in how often they are eating carbohydrates. Frequent snacking is the common culprit.

2. Tooth decay can be prevented on the surface of your tooth by brushing and flossing daily. This has very little if no effect on what is known as pit decay or fissure decay that takes place in protected areas. But keep up the good brushing and flossing habits because it will reduce cavities.

3. If you don’t have enough fluoride protection it can be a problem.

4. Other problem foods are sticky foods like raisins, chips, and caramels that stay on the teeth. Better foods for consideration may be fruits, soups, drinks, even chocolate. Again, it is the frequency that is the biggest concern. For example, if your kids drank soda at meal-times only than it really doesn’t matter the amount consumed. But if they drank soda throughout the day, that can be a major cause for tooth decay.

We hope you found these pediatric dentistry tips helpful.

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