5 years ago, I had a root canal on an upper left molar (#14). I never got a crown for financial reasons and basically forgot all about it because there was no pain. However, several months ago, I was eating something and the tooth cracked. Apparently the crack was severe and extended to the gum. I had the cracked fragment removed. There was some pain associated with the crack (I was told by the dentist that this was really due to the cut in the gums, not the tooth), but for the most part, the tooth did not hurt still. Last week I had crown lengthening surgery, which resulted in a lot of soreness around tooth (mostly gum pain but also some tooth pain), and yesterday I had a crown prep procedure. Now my tooth hurts a LOT and is very sensitive when I touch/tap it. Could this possibly mean that the root canal was not successful?? I am going to get a crown in a few days and I want to know if there are any other possible complications, or whether it is normal for my tooth to be in so much pain due to just the crown prep. Thank you!

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 19 - August - 2011, at 03:16 AM

  • Pain after crown preparation is normal. The gums might have got injured during the preparation and are now causing pain. The pain will go itself in 2-3 days. Keep doing the warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day which will reduce the pain and swelling. If the pain persists after few days, then consult your dentist in this regard. After clinical and radiographic examination, he will see whether there is infection in the tooth or not. If there is infection in the tooth, then the root canal procedure can be repeated and then the crown can be given to you. The pain should subside completely before you get a crown. For more info on problems after crown placement, you can refer to the following article…http://www.identalhub.com/article_problems-after-crown-placement-272.aspx

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