I got four dental implants last September, but the crowns seem to make them hurt. I guess the crowns are the problem because I feel discomfort when I chew. I talked to the oral surgeon, but he referred me back to my dentist. I am disappointed that my dentist is slow to resolve it. Is the problem with the implants or the crowns? What should I ask my dentist to do? – Thank you. Terrence
Thank you for contacting Bayou Dental Group. Dr. Finley, Dr. Thompson, or Dr. Coughran would need to examine your crowns and take a 3-D CT scan to determine the source of your discomfort. We will discuss a few possible causes.
Why Do Your Dental Implant Crowns Hurt?
If your dental implant crowns hurt, the source of discomfort may be with the dental implants or the crowns. You will experience discomfort after dental implant surgery, but it will decrease within two weeks. Your jawbone and implants will fuse in about four months.
- Dental implants – Without a 3-D scan and computer-guided placement, dental implants may pinch a nerve. Implants may be too small, loose, or incorrectly placed. An infection can develop around the implants, or dental crowns can put undue stress on the implant fixtures.
- Dental implant crowns – The size and position of dental implant crowns can affect your comfort. If your bite is too low or too high, the discomfort can increase when you chew.
Schedule a Dental Implants Second Opinion
If your oral surgeon and restoring dentist cannot determine your discomfort’s cause, we recommend getting a second opinion. Schedule a consultation as soon as possible. Check the dentist’s credentials and experience with implants to ensure they have completed enough cases to identify the cause of complications. You can expect to get a 3-D CT scan to reveal the location and condition of your dental implants.
Monore, Louisiana, accredited Fellow of cosmetic dentistry Dr. David Finley sponsors this post.