It’s an embarrassing problem, but quite a number of people deal with it: a bad odor coming from a dental crown or bridge. “Why does this happen?” they ask. While there are several possible explanations, let’s start with how a crown or bridge is fitted onto your teeth.
Getting a crown starts with your dentist preparing the tooth by shaving it down and taking an impression of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a lab, where technicians create a crown that matches the size and shape of your teeth. In that first visit your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one returns from the lab. At your second visit the dentist removes the temporary crown and places the permanent crown on the tooth using a special cement.
Even if the dentist and technicians alike do their best to ensure you get the very best fit, mistakes are made on occasion that can result in tiny spaces between the crown and the tooth and/or gums. These spaces allow debris and other bacteria in, eventually causing a foul odor.
It’s not always the fault of the professionals, though. The cement used on the crown does not last forever, so the bacteria pocket might be the result of eroded cement that needs to be replaced. The patient might be at fault as well, as vigilant brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash is imperative for the health of your dental work.
If you have been taking great care of your teeth and gums yet still detect a foul-smelling odor coming from your crown or bridge, it’s time to make an appointment with a dentist (it doesn’t have to be the same dentist from whom you received your original dental work).
At our office, Dr. Tadros can check your crown or bridge for any issues that might be causing the unpleasant odor and other problems. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.