did i need a crown?
i'm really worried my dentist gave me a crown and i didn't need one. i started having some pretty bad pain one saturday drinking/eating. i looked at the tooth and saw what appeared to be a thin horizontal line at the base. i also have two old (~20 years old) mercury fillings in this tooth right beside this line. the pain went away on sunday but came back again a little on monday.
tuesday dentist got a cold stick (don't know what the instrument is called) and touched around the tooth and only once was it very sensitive. he said it did appear to be a slight crack and i should get it crowned now to avoid it getting more serious and needing a root canal in the future. i believed him and got the temp crown, and have to go in a few weeks later for the permanent.
anyway, he said that when i hold cold water on the tooth if it is a lingering pain, that's a sign the crack went to the pulp. well, a few days later i noticed on the other side of my mouth the same line/crack looking thing, also sensitive to cold (i also have just 1 amalgram on that tooth). i went back to the dentist and he inspected that tooth and said that line was a ridge and it wasn't cracked.
i'm concerned that if both teeth have similar sensitivity and similar "ridges," then the one that got crowned wasn't even cracked in the first place and it was a misdiagnosis. maybe i just had a toothache? since you don't have many teeth, having one sawed away hurts my pride if it turns out i didn't need it after all. i wish i had waited a week or two to see if the pain got any worse. does it sound like that tooth needed a crown after all?
Last edited by wowzers; 09-25-2012 at 08:50 AM.