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Extreme Sensitivity After Crown Placement

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Posted by: Patient373  (7 years ago)
I had a crown placed a month ago on a tooth that had a large cavity. Afterwards I noticed it hurt to brush that tooth on one side. (I had had a crown lengthening done before crown was placed.) The tooth was only sensitive when brushed. The other day, when I had my teeth cleaned, the dentist said that I had touch sensitivity in the tooth and she placed a varnish for sensitivity on the tooth. Since the teeth cleaning the sensitivity in that tooth has increased and hurts at other times during the day, often after eating. Is this simple sensitivity or something that may indicate I need a root canal?
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I had a crown placed a month ago on a tooth that had a large cavity. Afterwards I noticed it hurt to brush that tooth on one side. (I had had a crown lengthening done before crown was placed.) The tooth was only sensitive when brushed. The other day, when I had my teeth cleaned, the dentist said that I had touch sensitivity in the tooth and she placed a varnish for sensitivity on the tooth. Since the teeth cleaning the sensitivity in that tooth has increased and hurts at other times during the day, often after eating. Is this simple sensitivity or something that may indicate I need a root canal?

It could go either way. A product called Parkell Amalgambond is the best desensitizer I have found. If painting this on does not quell the sensitivity, it is likely root canal time. The truth is, cutting a tooth down for a full crown is very traumatic, and sometimes pushes the dental pulp over the limit into irreversible inflammation.
Posted 7 years ago
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