Lingering tooth pain
I am having spontaneous pain under a newly placed upper permanent bridge (which is sealed with temporary cement in order to monitor the pain before sealing permanently). The pain began when the temporary bridge was placed too high and was hitting very hard against the bottom teeth. Adjustments were made 7 days ago and the bridge is no longer high but the discomfort persists. I've now been taking 200mg of ibuprofen every 6-10 hours for the past 2 and a half weeks.
I'm also experiencing extreme lingering sensitivity to cold on the teeth directly under the bridge, all of which are crowned. My dentist checked the crown margins (all good) and sent me to an endodontist since my symptoms suggested root canal therapy. The endodontist took x-rays and performed cold and pulse testing on all areas and confirmed that all teeth in question, top and bottom, are vital and not in need of RCT at this time.
Both my dentist and the endodontist feel the lingering pain and sensitivity to cold is related to irritated nerves and ligaments from the bridge initially having been high and from clenching my teeth (which I do, constantly). The next step is a front tooth bite guard and a wait-and-see approach. I'm certainly not opposed to having treatment but I don't want to initate root canals when I'm told I do not need them; I simply need relief.
Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, what was the outcome? Also, if it's ligament-related, how long will it take to heal?
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by THS123; 03-26-2012 at 08:28 AM.