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Why Are My Gums Bleeding Around My Crowns?

Posted by AllSmiles

I got five new crowns three years ago, and I think I may be allergic to them now. For the past few months, I have noticed bleeding between two crowns and my gums. My dentist says my crowns are GC LiSi Press ceramic, so it is unlikely that it’s an allergy. Is it possible that I am allergic to the material? What could be irritating my gums? Will I need new crowns, or am I at risk of losing my teeth? Thanks for your help. Jayla T. from TX


Thank you for your question.

Dr. Goebel would need to examine your crowns and gums to determine what is irritating your gums. We will provide information on sensitivities to lithium disilicate.

What Are GC LiSi Press Crowns?

GC LiSi Press crowns are ceramic, lithium disilicate crowns. You would unlikely be allergic to only two of your five GC LiSi Press crowns. We have not heard reports of lithium disilicate allergies, but it is not impossible for someone may react to it.

What Causes Bleeding Around Dental Crowns?

Diagram of dental implant components and a dental implant in the bone next to a natural tooth
Dental crown irritation should not be a cause for tooth removal and an implant

Food particles caught between your gums or a functional problem with the crowns near your gumline may cause bleeding and irritation. When you floss, try to discern whether anything around your crowns is catching the floss or preventing it from moving freely. Snagging floss usually means your dentist must correct an overhang or ledge on the crowns.

It is unlikely that your concerns are related to a condition leading to tooth loss and the need for replacement options, such as a dental implant.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist for an examination. If your dentist cannot resolve the issue, get a second opinion from a skilled cosmetic dentist.

Moline, Illinois dentist, Dr. Thomas Goebel sponsors this post.