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Pain with bridge

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Posted by: DoRRies  (8 years ago)
Hi there!

Last year I got a bridge for my upper right first molar. It had a large filling that fell out and after a few weeks, the tooth broke off. The dentist extracted it.

When I had the temporary bridge on, it hurt when I chew. It was not sensitive to hot or cold though. The dentist said I would feel better with the permanent bridge. Well, I did not. The permanent bridge felt very tight and uncomfortable. It also hurt to biting down and anything cold. The dentist ground down parts of the bridge but the pain did not go away. He said that second molar and second premolar teeth might need root canals. I don’t think I need this. The pain started only when I got the bridge put in. Any insights? Should I go to another dentist for a second opinion? I would be grateful for your time.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)

Last year I got a bridge for my upper right first molar. It had a large filling that fell out and after a few weeks, the tooth broke off. The dentist extracted it.

When I had the temporary bridge on, it hurt when I chew. It was not sensitive to hot or cold though. The dentist said I would feel better with the permanent bridge. Well, I did not. The permanent bridge felt very tight and uncomfortable. It also hurt to biting down and anything cold. The dentist ground down parts of the bridge but the pain did not go away. He said that second molar and second premolar teeth might need root canals. I don’t think I need this. The pain started only when I got the bridge put in. Any insights? Should I go to another dentist for a second opinion? I would be grateful for your time.


Hey,

Were you able to narrow your symptoms down to a specific tooth? Pain while biting down and sensitivity to cold are characteristic features of either a decay (closer to the pulp or involving it) or a cracked tooth. Now, I'm not sure which one of these is the reason your dentist advised you a root canal treatment for. I also find it unlikely that both the second premolar and second molar could develop similar problems simultaneously just after you had your permanent bridge placed.

In all likelihood, I'm assuming you probably cracked one of your teeth (which existed before or after attempting the temporary bridge) and your dentist cannot zero it down on neither tooth on an x-ray and he is possibly thinking a root canal treatment would fix it eventually. But somehow, if this is decay, I don't understand the reason why your dentist wouldn't treat your second molar and premolar first before fabricating the bridge.

A second opinion wouldn't really make a difference here IMO. Ask your dentist what the real reason is behind this RCT and things would get a lot more clearer.
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Hi there!

Last year I got a bridge for my upper right first molar. It had a large filling that fell out and after a few weeks, the tooth broke off. The dentist extracted it.

When I had the temporary bridge on, it hurt when I chew. It was not sensitive to hot or cold though. The dentist said I would feel better with the permanent bridge. Well, I did not. The permanent bridge felt very tight and uncomfortable. It also hurt to biting down and anything cold. The dentist ground down parts of the bridge but the pain did not go away. He said that second molar and second premolar teeth might need root canals. I don’t think I need this. The pain started only when I got the bridge put in. Any insights? Should I go to another dentist for a second opinion? I would be grateful for your time.


Now you know why shortly it will be considered almost barbaric to cut teeth down for a bridge instead of placing an implant to replace a tooth.

Cutting teeth down for a bridge is fairly irritating to the dental pulps and they frequently become inflamed and then die. This is probably what is happening.
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: DoRRies  (8 years ago)
Were you able to narrow your symptoms down to a specific tooth? Pain while biting down and sensitivity to cold are characteristic features of either a decay (closer to the pulp or involving it) or a cracked tooth. Now, I'm not sure which one of these is the reason your dentist advised you a root canal treatment for. I also find it unlikely that both the second premolar and second molar could develop similar problems simultaneously just after you had your permanent bridge placed.


I can feel that the pain comes from the spot where my tooth was extracted.As for the need of root canals, he said the teeth have needed this for quite some time. It just happen that the symptoms started when the permanent bridge was put in.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
I can feel that the pain comes from the spot where my tooth was extracted.As for the need of root canals, he said the teeth have needed this for quite some time. It just happen that the symptoms started when the permanent bridge was put in.

Post-op pain from an extraction site is normal and it will subside over time, given that you follow your dentist's instructions and keep the area hygienic for it to heal. About the root canal, your dentist could have used the opportunity to do it first before having the bridge placed. Anyway, get the RCT completed as soon as you can and let's hope that solves your problem.
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