About 1 1/2 months ago, my dentist who I believe to be VERY good at his job, told me that I needed a crown on a lower right moral tooth, 2nd from the back. The tooth, while it had never given me any pain or issues, had an large silver filling in it with a post in the middle, and the doctor said it also had a new fracture. So, he recommended a crown before the tooth broke or the filling came out. As I typically HATE my visits to the dentist due to extreme anxiety, I was not thrilled about this idea but agreed.
After the pre-work when I got the temporary, I had pain and serious sensitivity to hot/cold and air for 10 days straight until it was time to get my permanent. When I went in to have that one removed, I explained this issue and asked if I needed a root canal. No, he explained, the issue was probably just with the temporary being too high. So on we went and the new one was put in.
For the first couple of weeks, I had the same types of issues as I had with the temp (extreme sensitivity to hot/cold and air, as well as some soreness around the gum line). But then I started to develop a dull, throbbing ache deep in my jaw on the right side. Over the course of the last week, this pain has gone from something I could control with a couple of daily Advil to one that is excruciating.
So, here I am... It's 1:30 am my time on Friday morning and I have taken 10 Advil, 2 Naproxen, 1 Tylenol, 2 Vicodin, and half of a Tylenol 3 with Codeine over the last 16 hours. NOTHING has yet given me any relief. The pain seems to come in waves, and I have pain in my entire jaw all the way back to my ear.
Question: What in the world could be causing this? And, how can I deal with it?
Could it be that an infection developed underneath my crown? Could this be "pulpitis", and if so, why would it have taken over a month to become full-blown.
Also, I'm pretty sure I'm in for a root canal, right?
Please someone give me some insight into all this dental drama.
Last edited by Administrator; 08-19-2011 at 12:19 AM.
I am going through an eerily similar situation like gemgal7's, except my teeth in question are # 18 and 19 on the lower left side, and #18 had previous root canal work and a crown. I had to have a crown on #19 last Fall with a result of all the hot/cold sensitivity and sharper pain that transitioned to the intense throbbing ache. I couldn't associate the pain specifically to either 18 or 19, so we did a CAT scan to decide on a root canal retreatment for 18, which was definitely needed. However, this has done nothing to reduce the pain.
Now the endodontist is thinking 19 needs a root canal (previously untreated tooth). But we are not exactly sure what's exactly causing the pain and if that will indeed be the fix.
I'm not in St. Louis and the crown was not CEREC.
Gemgal7, I hope you still see these threads, I'm wondering what happened with your situation?