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Gum Pain Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
I had 3 crowns done on the lower left side almost 2 yrs ago.

Since then I have had constant pain in the gums around those teeth. I have made several trips back to the dentist and have had the crowns adjusted several times and had x-rays done. Now the dentist is saying there is nothing wrong.

The pain is a burning pain in the gums and in my tongue. Any ideas what could be causing this? It feels like if I could adjust the crowns that it would feel better if that makes sense or that they are not in my mouth correctly .... Visitor from TX

Answer:
This is only a guess, since I have not seen you or the crowns. If the crowns contain metal you could be allergic to it.

I have not heard of anybody being allergic to an all-white crown, but anything is possible. I would probably look into a second opinion.

A type of crown that does not cause any allergies is called Captek, pure gold under porcelain. Other crowns that are made of porcelain (Empress) or zirconia (Procera, Cercon, Lava) also should not cause this.

If you get a rash from wearing costume or non-gold jewelry, this is a good indication of an allergy to some metals, especially tin that is used in some dental metals.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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