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Crown lengthening failure

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Posted by: DJGymm  (9 years ago)
I have a tooth that had a root canal treatment and a crown about a year ago. I wanted to replace it with a porcelain crown. When the dentist took the old crown off, the remaining tooth was very soft and pulpy underneath. The dentist said I should have a crown lengthening procedure done to enable more of the tooth to be present for the crown to be attached to. He sent me to a periodontist to have this done.

I had the procedure done last month. Since then, I felt sensitivity and throbbing pain from the tooth and into the jaw. After a few days, I developed a pocket of infection. I was given stronger antibiotics. I also noticed a bad smell when I floss from the the gums where the procedure was done. How likely is it that the procedure failed? How long until my gums are fully healed? I have also wondered if there is an underlying problem with the root canal. Any ideas on this? I would be grateful for any answers!
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Dear DJGymm, you just had a minor surgery in your oral cavity. The periodontist cut some bone to expose more tooth structure for your new crown. Do not assume that the procedure has failed, wait until the infection subsides and your gums heal. The smell is coming from the infected site and will go away as your gums heal and close the wound area. Rinse and continue oral hygiene revisit your dentist for check ups during healing.
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