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tangsta 01-09-2013 07:16 PM

Horrible taste/smell from crown
 
I had a crown put in about 6 years ago and everything's been great with it up until a couple of weeks ago. Around that time I started experiencing bad breath and a foul taste in my mouth that I initially didn't know the source of. Then I traced the small gap between the crown and gumline on the inside part of the crown with my tongue and the taste was absolutely putrid.

I'm absolutely positive that the crown is the source of the taste/smell and I don't know what to do about it. Is it an infection or possibly bacteria getting caught in that small gap? The gap doesn't seem overly large but it's definitely noticeable.

And the foul taste isn't constant. After I floss, brush and rinse with mouthwash, it isn't there. But after awhile, I'll taste it again and intermittently throughout the day. Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.

ladybud 01-09-2013 09:13 PM

Re: Horrible taste/smell from crown
 
There is a good possibility you have a decaying tooth remnant and infection under the crown. You really need to get to a dentist and have this checked out. This could turn into an abcess and affect the bone the tooth is imbedded in, which is serious. Please get it checked ASAP.

tangsta 01-09-2013 09:33 PM

Re: Horrible taste/smell from crown
 
[QUOTE=ladybud;5114837]There is a good possibility you have a decaying tooth remnant and infection under the crown. You really need to get to a dentist and have this checked out. This could turn into an abcess and affect the bone the tooth is imbedded in, which is serious. Please get it checked ASAP.[/QUOTE]

Thank you. I'll make an appointment right away.

Could the infection be the result of the crown being put in improperly and if so, does the dentist have any responsibility to fix it on his own dime or at least at a discount rate? I'm asking because I currently do not have insurance and will be paying out of pocket.

I'm guessing no since it was put in over 5 years ago but just trying to cover all my bases.


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