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Posted by Jen on June 06, 2000 at 22:22:56:

In Reply to: Help! 4-week old crown is causing tooth pain... posted by Fearful on June 06, 2000 at 16:19:53:

The first thing you might want to pursue is to have your bite adjusted. All your doctor will do is check to see if your new crown is hitting prematurely when you bite. This can cause significant sensitivity. All to often, people experience sensitivity to colds following a crown. If a portion of the root surface is left uncovered, you might want to ask if a desensitizer can be used here. This may reduce the problem. Sorry to say, some people remain cold sensitive for years.
Clenching and grinding can cause discomfort to your teeth as well. Since you know you already have this problem, request that a bite guard be made for you. It is a acrylic guard that is worn over over your lower teeth. Its worn commonly at night and at stressful times during the day, such as driving. This may help reduce the problem.
Should your sensitivity to cold be extreme and just so uncomfortable, then perhaps a root canal is an option. Why live in pain every day when one procedure, although scary to consider, can relieve your discomfort. Start with simple solutions first.

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