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Dr. Arman Torbati DDS.

➤ Harvard & USC Graduate
➤ Associate Professor at USC
➤ Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
➤ Prosthodontist, Cosmetic & Implant Dentist

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11600 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310.553.3428
Office hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Red Gums Around Crowns: What Should You Do?

Your dentist may cover your tooth with a crown, or dental cap if you have had a cavity treated that is too large for a filling. By having the tooth completely covered with a crown, it will look like a normal tooth. More importantly, the tooth will continue to be fully functioning and you can avoid an extraction. While a dental crown is helpful in preserving your teeth and your smile, you may still run into problems. One of the most common issues that trouble patients is red gums around the tooth with a crown. If this happens to you, you need to understand the underlying cause of the redness so that the problem can be resolved. The last thing you want is a replacement crown. In some cases, your dentist may use materials that are not of the best quality, resulting in irritation. A crown that is not properly placed over the tooth may rub against your gums and cause bleeding or discomfort. When you have issues with your crown, your dentist can help you to find a solution. First, you need to find out why you are experiencing redness.

Plaque Could Be Building Up

In some cases, your red gums could be the result of poor oral hygiene. If plaque is allowed to accumulate at the base of the crown, it will rub against your gums. This can be really irritating. Your dentist can help you by thoroughly cleaning the tooth to eliminate plaque. A review of the best brushing techniques can be helpful. Try using a power toothbrush and rinse with a mouthwash that will kill germs and bacteria in your mouth to resolve the problem.

There May be a Problem with Margin Integrity

The margin between your crown and your gum may be an issue. If there is too much space between your crown and your gum, it can allow bacteria to build up in the gap. This can lead to irritation, redness, and bleeding. The actual location of the margin can also be a factor. If it is not correct, discomfort can result. In this case, a new crown without a gap may be the best way to find a solution.

The Contour of the Crown May be Incorrect

If your crown does not mirror the natural contours of your original tooth, you may find yourself dealing with gum problems. Your dentist will need to go in and create a new crown that matches the original tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. The material used in your crown may also be the cause of discomfort. If this is the case, your dentist may need to look for an alternate material when creating a new crown.

Turn to an Expert When You Have Problems with Your Existing Crowns

If you are dealing with redness from your crown and you're not happy with it, Dr. Arman Torbati is a highly respected dentist and prosthodontist who specializes in restoring damaged or lost teeth. Visit to learn more about Dr. Torbati's practice and make your appointment today.

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