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Throbbing pain in the jaw

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Posted by: theRider  (7 years ago)
Hello Doc!

I have a large silver filling on my lower left second molar. The dentist said it had a new fracture and I needed a crown put in before the tooth breaks or the filling comes out. I agreed and he went on with the procedure.

When I got the temporary crown, I had a lot of sensitivity to hot and cold. I had been like this for more than a week until it was time to get the permanent crown in. I told the dentist about the sensitivity and pain and he said the temporary was probably high. When my permanent was put in, I also experienced extreme sensitivity to hot, cold and even to air. My gums were sore. After a couple of weeks, the sensitivity was gone but I developed a dull, throbbing pain in my jaw on the left side. The pain goes up to my ear. I tried different painkillers (Advil, Tylenol, Vicodin) but none gave me any relief. Could there be an infection underneath the crown, which is causing the pain? How can I deal with it?

I would love to hear some insight about this please! Thank you so much!
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Posted by: mdhola  (7 years ago)
Pain after crown placement can be due to different reasons.

More likely reason is , high crown as compare to adjacent teeth. Sometimes, when crown margins doesn't fit well to tooth, it can also cause sensitivity. Third reason might be vital pulp inside your tooth might got traumatized more during cutting crown on it, however this pain usually goes away if crown fit well and cemented well. Caries below crown can cause pain, however as your dentist already cut crown on it, i would believe that he/she was able to took out those decayed part and shouldn't be reason for the pain.

In my mind, i would more likely think about high crown and will rule out that cause first!