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Aching crowned tooth

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Posted by: DuffyChick  (8 years ago)

Hi all,

I broke a tooth on the upper left side last month while I was eating. Yesterday, I went to the dentist to have it fixed. The dentist said I could have a filling or a crown. I opted for the crown and the procedure was done.

Last night, I spit up trace amounts of blood. There was a strange metallic taste in my mouth. Today, my left jaw feels tight and painful. It is slightly swollen as well. The teeth hurt to anything cold and hot. Are these symptoms normal with a new crown and would go away soon? Or does the tooth need a root canal as it has been a month since it was broken? Please help. Thanks a lot!
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Probably means the tooth is abscessed, although it could be a gum infection instead.

Most likely the pulp was dying or dead when the dentist prepared the tooth for a crown, and did not realize it. (Who would?) Good thing it happened now, as it is always sad to have to drill a hole through a new crown to do a root canal.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 8 years ago
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