I am afraid that I will lose my front teeth and need dental implants. My dentist placed six upper crowns on my front teeth and the two on both sides of them. For three of the six crowns, my gums are peeling and bleeding. When I floss, I notice the blood is steady but not a huge flow. I see my dentist in two days, but the crowns are GC LiSi Press. Could I be allergic to them? Thank you. Nikolay from Nevada
Thank you for your question. Although Dr. LeSage would need to examine your gums and crowns for an accurate diagnosis, we can provide some insight.
Why You May Experience Bleeding Between Crowns
When you floss between and around your crowns, note whether the floss catches under your gums. If so, an overhang or ledge exists that your dentist can correct? You may experience bleeding between crowns if the crown shape, position, or margin is trapping food participles and causing irritation.
Are You Allergic to Your Crowns?
If you are sensitive or allergic to your dental crowns, they usually contain meta. Additionally, you would likely experience sensitivity around all of the crowns. But if the signs and symptoms only affect a few crowns, an allergic reaction is not likely.
GC LiSi Press crowns are metal-free, high-density lithium disilicate. Although we are unaware of reports of allergic reactions or sensitivities to the material, it is not fair to say that it is impossible to react to them.
Still, return to your dentist for an examination. And if your dentist cannot find what is causing bleeding between your crowns, schedule a second opinion with an experienced cosmetic dentist. Eventually, you will need an exam and possibly x-rays for the dentist to determine the source of blood between your crowns and why it is occurring. Prompt care can prevent the issue from escalating to a situation that requires extractions and dental implants.
Dr. Brian LeSage, a Beverly Hills accredited Fellow of cosmetic dentistry, sponsors this post. Dr. LeSage is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.