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What complications are associated with getting a dental crown?

Getting a dental crown is a multi-step, multi-visit procedure that could in some cases lead to complications:
  • The crown could get chipped or broken.
  • You could develop tooth decay under the crown if the crown doesn't fit well over your tooth.
  • You could notice pain or sensitivity to cold foods or drinks when you bite down, often due to a crown that was placed too high on your tooth.
  • Your crown could fall out completely if the cement that holds it onto your tooth washes or wears away. This could also happen if your crown doesn't fit your tooth well.
  • If you get any sort of anesthesia while getting your crown, you could have an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. This is not a common situation, but you should be aware that it could happen.
  • If your dentist injects your gums or cheek with local anesthesia, you could develop complications such as a blood-filled swelling around the area of the injection, temporary numbness in areas other than your mouth or jaw (such as your eye), and nerve damage leading to pain or numbness in your mouth for weeks or months.
If you are worried about your chances of developing any of these complications, talk with your dentist before getting your dental crown. He or she will be able to answer your questions and tell you what to do in case a complication does develop.

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