Re: How long should I be in pain after crown?
Well, the pain was so unbearable last night that I barely slept, and my regular OTC meds were no longer effective. So, today I went ahead and had a root canal performed on the tooth. He was able to do the whole thing in one visit, and it was painless. He removed the permanent crown (instead of drilling through it) and completed the procedure in under 2 hours. Now I've got another temporary crown and will get the permanent one in 2 weeks.
The dentist said that I had a nerve that was almost dead, and there was a lot of bacteria and even bleeding inside my tooth. He felt that the procedure went very well, and he didn't anticipate any further problems.
I wish they would've performed the root canal before putting on the first crown, but he assured me that doing a root canal is not something that is usually done (or preferred) as a first line of treatment. I'm just glad the pain in my tooth is gone (for now) and I can start to live my life again without a fear of chewing or drinking cold liquids.