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Old 01-02-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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Painful gums above crowns

In 2001 I fell and chipped off my 2 front teeth. My dentist put in 2 new crowns. For 8 months I had pain in the gums above the 2 teeth, and my dentist prescribed antibiotics and tylenol with codeine for all that time. After 8 months the pain went away. Now after 6 years, the pain in the gums above the crowns is back and I have been taking penicillin and tylenol with codeine for about a week. The dentist said there is a low-grade inflammation. I am worried about this because I am now 63 years old and don't want the inflammation to spread to other areas. The dentist doesn't seem to know what this is and is referring me to a specialist next week. I am very anxious about this chronic pain I am having.

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:04 AM   #2
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Re: Painful gums above crowns

it sounds as if you've got infection there,and if the anti biotics doesnt clear it ,may be possible the crowns have to come off ?
crowns are prone to infections i'm afraid

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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Re: Painful gums above crowns

I have had a "sore crown" for 2 years. Have been to several different specialists to get opinions and then back to dentist that put crown on. Have suffered as I cannot make all these payments!!! At any rate, no one has even suggested antibiotics. Gum disease was an issue and "deep pockets". Am currently treating that - not surgically but with wearing trays that feed a small amount of antibiotic into your gums 3 times per day. When I bite on my crown side, it feels like there is a pressure so I tend to not chew there. This has in turn made my bite bad -- are there any good dentists out there??? That take responsibility and care? I am at my wits end.

 
Old 04-27-2008, 09:47 PM   #4
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Re: Painful gums above crowns

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I have had a "sore crown" for 2 years. Have been to several different specialists to get opinions and then back to dentist that put crown on. Have suffered as I cannot make all these payments!!! At any rate, no one has even suggested antibiotics. Gum disease was an issue and "deep pockets". Am currently treating that - not surgically but with wearing trays that feed a small amount of antibiotic into your gums 3 times per day. When I bite on my crown side, it feels like there is a pressure so I tend to not chew there. This has in turn made my bite bad -- are there any good dentists out there??? That take responsibility and care? I am at my wits end.
After a bad experience in January 2007 with my dentist of 15 years, I started seeing another dentist in November 2007. My problem has to do with crowns on my upper, four front teeth. My first dentist filed my teeth for crowns when my only complaint was a small area at the gum line between the two front teeth. He wouldn't let me try the crowns with temporary cement to see if they felt comfortable. He insisted he couldn't do that so he cemented them on permanently. Well, turns out I couldn't stand how they felt, they were very uncomfortable. He didn't seem to care how I felt until I asked for copies of my x-rays. His attitude changed and he wanted to know if there was anything that he could do. I wasn't going to let him near me again. My second dentist cut the crowns off in November and we started all over. Almost six months later, I'm still trying crowns with temporary cement. The last four weeks, one crown would come loose every few days and I would have to run back to his office to have it cemented (temporary cement) back on. The temporary crown wouldn't stay on any longer either. I believe after five months of putting crowns and temporary crowns off and on did something to the tooth and that I probably needed a new impression of that one tooth for a better fit. No investigation on his part as to why this one crown wouldn't stay on. He just started using stronger and stronger temporary cement. It seems that it's just business to some of them, they don't care and there's no compassion. Anyway, I got tired of that so I started seeing a prosthodontist specialist. I know this is going to cost me more, but I need to be done with this so I can move on.

 
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