Please help, I feel like my life has been turned upside down. I had a bridge put in about 3 months ago and I have felt awful ever since. The only way I know how to describe it is I feel like my jaw and head is in a vice grip and it is being tightened. I have been clenching my teeth and my neck is either super tight or it feels like I can't even hold my head up. I have just an overall sick and uneasy feeling. I can't chew anything on that side of the mouth. The dentist has adjusted it about 4 times and doesn't seem to think there is a problem. Then to top it off with my other side of my mouth is bothering me. I have had a feeling somethingss wrong for sometime with this tooth but the x rays say nothing, but there was a root canal and a crown on this tooth. I can tell when I floss it is not smooth, like a hole under it. Not sure which is making me feel so ill or if it's both and what i should do about it? Would appreciate any advice. Thank you

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 18 - August - 2011, at 00:29 AM

  • The pain and discomfort can be because of gum infection in the area of your root canal treated tooth and crown or it can be there if the root canal procedure is not performed in the supporting teeth of the bridge. Difficulty in clenching is usually there when there is some high point present in the bridge or when the occlusion is not proper. If root canal is not performed in the supporting teeth of your bridge, then you can get them root canal treated. Usually crowns are given after root canal procedure only. Pain can also be because of gum infection in the area of crown/bridge. So maintain a good oral hygiene to avoid any gum infection. Use interdental brush in the area of crown and bridge. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to comment what the exact problem is. You need to discuss your problems with your dentist. You can take opinion of a second dentist also in this regard. To know more about problems after crown placement, you can refer to the following article…

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