What Causes Dental Crown Pain?

Question by Marlon 
(New orleans)

Marlon's question

tooth crown pain

I've been having dental crown pain all of a sudden for the last two days. 

It started with what I thought was sensitivity issues. The next day it turned unto pain. 

I have two gold crowns on the bottom row. It seems like the pain is coming from under the right side crown or the side of it. 

My gum line looks swollen around the crown.

Please help. Thanks.

My reply

Hi Marlon, It could be either your tooth that is causing your pain or your gums. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.


Since your gum is swollen, it makes me think it is a gum irritation or infection.  You may have something stuck between the tooth and gum that caused your sudden gum inflammation.

Try massaging the gum line with your toothbrush.

Dip your tooth brush in some Listerine mouthwash or diluted hydrogen peroxide and massage the mouthwash into the gums.


Flossing the area gently but thoroughly will help your gums recover.

Using a toothpick to clean between your molars and around the gumline is another suggestion.


There are some gum problems that need a dentist's or hygienist's attention. If you don't notice improvement or if the pain gets worse, you should see your dentist.

You could also have a tooth abscess or tooth decay under the crown.  Sensitivity to hot, cold or pressure from chewing can indicate a tooth problem. 

Last but not least...Clenching or grinding your teeth can give you a toothache.  If you clench or grind your teeth while awake or asleep, it could be making your sore tooth worse.

If your symptoms don't improve after giving your gums some extra TLC, call your dentist.

Here are some helpful articles:

How to Treat Gingivitis

Dental Floss Instructions


Thanks for writing and I hope you feel better soon,
~Shelly

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