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    Old 05-25-2015, 11:36 PM   #1
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    Jaw and Ear Pain - 1 month after Dental Crown??

    I had a crown done about 1 month ago. I had no pain before the crown, but the tooth was fractured and old metal filing was failing.
    Procedure took about 5 hours. Dental assistant couldn't get the crown to sit properly, so it took several attempts before she got it on. The cord used was cemented on tooth and took some intense yanking and pulling to get it off. Was a physically and emotionally exhausting experience all around.
    I experienced some pain throughout the next couple days and went in for my bite to be checked. They filed it down and sent me on my way. The pain continued into the next week and again they checked my bite, said maybe a little more adjusting, and sent me on my way. Throughout these two weeks my jaw is in extremely pain, its painful to chew, the tooth is ungodly sensitive to hot/cold (mostly cold), my ear is throbs.
    Week 3 - I went to another dentist for a second opinion and he took an x-ray and believed that the crown looked like it had been clinically correct. Nothing stood out to him. He re-checked my bite, re-drilled, and sent me on my way. No swelling, no signs of infection.
    Week 4 - I am still in an extremely uncomfortable amount of pain. I've been taking around 2800-3200 mg of Ibuprofen every day. The throbbing in my jaw, and throbbing + sharp pains in my ear are unbearable. Start doing acupuncture, but little relief is found with that route. I go back to my first dentist and discuss the issue at hand. He says I likely need a Root Canal, but he can't guarantee this will fix the problem since he's unsure what exactly the problem is. We discuss options, and my concerns with the high doses of Ibuprofen I'm taking. He writes me a script for a 6 day steroid and says that will help. I completed the 6 days and the pain has not gone. I went to Urgent Care today to check for an ear infection, but there isn't one. I use my mouth guard, I don't chew food on the side where the crown was done (bottom right, 3rd molar), still severely sensitive to cold, headaches, jaw pain, ear pain ... please, please... someone share some experience, strength and hope with me. Please help me.

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    Old 05-26-2015, 06:37 AM   #2
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    Re: Jaw and Ear Pain - 1 month after Dental Crown??

    Hi Stacy,

    Sorry to hear about your pain. It sounds like the crown dental procedure you had aggravated your jaw muscles/joint. If you think about how long you have to hold your jaw open and how wide- there is no real wonder why it wouldn't be sore after all that.

    Did the doctor do any type of bite test to check and see if the crown was interfering with your bite? It sounds from your explanation that he just started filing away at your tooth without even confirming that was actually the issue. Sometimes when dentists file down teeth they change the bite (the way your teeth fit together) and then that change causes a disharmony with your jaw and jaw muscles. I suggest you begin reading posts on the TMJ board. You will find a lot of information on the jaw and jaw injury.

    Try moist heat on the side of your jaw that aches and eat soft foods. A really hot shower would also calm the muscles down. Give your jaw a little time to rest and hopefully that is all it needs. If in a few weeks it is still causing you great pain, you may need to see a TMJ specialist.

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