Toothache caused by crown placement?
Anyone, esp. dental professionals have an opinion on this?
I had a gold crown permanently put on a top right molar after 3 weeks with a temporary. It had been a deep filling, (another perm. crown was there before this one) was built up with a post, i think, and a temporary put on. Despite the dentist's and my initial concerns before work started that it would need a root canal it was fine-no pain whatsoever and in fact I chewed on that tooth more than usual because my left side also had temporaries that hurt a lot more.
Two days ago I had the permanent crown fused on and the bite was very off the mark so the DDS kept burnishing/drilling with different sized drills to file it down properly. I had to bite hard on a stick or something to push the crown in, then he would pull the tooth out and adjust. Then he cemented it on and I recall he still had to adjust it at least 10 more times in my mouth (eg he did the carbon paper grinding test endlessly, then drilled more off...) all the while the assistant shooting it with cold air which was uncomfortable.
To my horror, this previously fine tooth woke me up at 5 am later that day with a bad toothache (and I had taken a STRONG prescription NSAID right after leaving the office!) . the pain seemed to be throbbing and diffuse in the whole top right back area, about 4-5 teeth from the molar in question to the front, but now has narrowed to the last one only, at the outer ridge nearest my cheek wall (which is still too high and doesn't feel right). I don't want and can't afford (another) root canal! Is it possible that the prolonged vibration and cold air while adjusting could have aggravated my nerve beyond help and my body's abilty to settle the nerve? The tooth was FINE and now is still tender in that area. I spent $60 on homeopathics in desparation yesterday and they worked TREMENDOUSLY to help but it (just that tooth) is still tender. My DDS claims that no vibration would irritate the nerve like that, but it was 45 minutes or so of air shooting and burnishing, not to mention my mouth being open (I do have some muscles that feel sore /strained in my jaw and temple after the work). How could this pain be a coincidence or just spontaneous as he claims? Anyone else had this happen during crown placement? thanks.