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Posted by Brad on April 30, 2000 at 20:52:45:

In Reply to: What does "itchy" feeling in crowned tooth mean? posted by Kim on April 30, 2000 at 14:29:57:

: Hi,
: What does an "itchy" feeling in a crowned tooth mean? I had been experiencing on and off pain with my crowned tooth after I would eat hard foods (the worst was a couple of months ago when the pain was horrible). Since then the pain has gradually subsided to the point of there not really being any pain even with chewing. Sometimes an ache but mostly I've been experiencing this strong itch that makes me want to pull the tooth out! Also, I've noticed that the same side of my face as the molar (left) is slightly swollen. Does the itch mean the tooth has died, or could there be something more serious going on under the crown?

: I've posted earlier about a painful crowned tooth (most recent posting was "confused--difference between dead nerve and dead tooth). I'm so frustrated because the dentists and specialists have been terribly unhelpful. I'm scheduled for a root canal but am wondering at this point if something else is going on. ANd perhaps I should just have it pulled.
: Any insight is greatly appreciated!
:
: Kim
a couple of things would help in the possible diagnosis of your problem. 1) When was the tooth crowned? 2) What was the indication for crowning..broken big filling tender to bite on? If the tooth has hurt since it was crowned it could bve caused by 1) improper occlusion..need the bite on the crown adjusted 2) the nerve is dying in the tooth (called irreversible pulpitis) 3) the root may be cracked which may make the tooth not savable. Or you could be reacting the cement that is used to glue your crown on with making the tooth sensitive. The fact that the pain is subsiding does not mean that you are out of the woods yet, unfortunately. Best of luck if you can give me more detail I might be able to help further.
Brad


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