About 5 weeks ago a metal crown was installed and the initial 2-3 weeks was chronically painful, with severe sensitivity to cold and heat. That sensitivity may be ameliorating, but I still have more or less constant low levels of pain from that area of the mouth. I have had two or three other crowns for a number of years now and have never experienced this before. Is this a sign of a poor job, or just one of those things that I was fortunate to avoid with the other crowns?
I was a bit surprised when the dental assistant performed some parts of the procedure that the dentist had performed with the previous crowns. In my experience, the assistant hands tools and supplies to the dentist and wields the suction device and not a lot more. Could the assistant's doing part of the prep work on the tooth for the permanent crown be associated with this problem?