So, a few months ago. I noticed that when I floss around my crown, it kinda stinks a little. Called the Dr, he just said to keep flossing. I probably floss about 3x per week. The funky smell hasn't ever gone away but it hasn't gotten any worse. Well, a few days ago my gums in that area started being very sensitive and flossing made it much much worse. Then my glands in my throat became very swollen. I definitley thing they are related. I'm wondering if there is some bacteria in there and its infected. ??? I'll be going in for a cleaning a few days from now. I'm wondering if I should go sooner. Anyone have anything like this happen? Thanks.
hi, it could be related. Crowns need to be flossed once a day at least otherwise you are going to get problems. Smelly floss is not a particularly good sign, just keep it clean and I hope your cleaning soon helps things.
area started being very sensitive and flossing made it much much worse.
yeah, when flossing or brushing starts to emit a sort of a foul smell, and especially when it becomes sensitive around the gum line (maybe you're feeling the tooth itself--did the crown raise up a little?), it may be the tooth underneath the crown that's become 'uncovered' a bit, and as you said, perhaps some bacteria may have entered in there and thus the nasty smell.
i think you should wait until you're due for a cleaning. a few days of waiting won't do much harm, in my humble opinion.
sorry about this!!!
Be kinder than necessary,
Because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle...
I had a similar problem.
I had a crown put on a couple of years ago on the top at the back...
Within a few months I started getting an awful taste in my mouth too. I went back to my dentist and complained and he said the gap between the crown and next tooth was getting inflamed and bacteria was setting in causing a bad taste. The gap was too large and nothing could be done...(Amazingly before he put on the crown i had no problems. Hmm.)
well, it went from bad to worse. Over the next few months every time I bit on that side with the crown it tasted like a sewer in my mouth. Can you imagine?
I have very white straight teeth otherwise and now here was this problem. Unbelievable...I was so mortified.
My dentist was no help!
He just said use a water pik, which you would think would work, BUT it did not.
Finally, I went to a new dentist and he had a solution. The solution was to remove an old filling from the tooth next to the crown and put a crown on that tooth so that it was bigger than it had been and thus close the gap. The crown is larger than the old tooth and covers up the space just fine.
The new crown has done the trick. Such a simple answer. So bottom line is, it might not be the crown per se. It could be the gums or another tooth!
So go to the dentist and insist he fix your problem or go to someone else.
hey there i worked as a dental nurse for 2 years and it is quite normal to have a bad smell while flossing your teeth its jst the germs and plaque that ur removing! i also have 4 crowns in the front of my mouth and i feel like i always have a foul taste coming from the gum but i've complained to my boss and another dentist and have had x-rays n stuff n they'v said jst to keep flossing daily that it jst trapped food!