I had been suffering from pressure and temperature sensitivity in one of my back teeth, so my dentist recommended a CEREC crown. I was happy when I got mine, but then I started getting the same discomfort. My dentist told me I did not need a root canal, and to just let it adjust to my mouth for around two months. I have been trying to make it through the pain, but the pain has spread from my tooth throughout my jaw. I have had to take over the counter pain killers to ease the pain. I can chew a bit better now, but am starting to doubt whether I should have gotten a CEREC in the first place. Was I wrong to get one? Would a porcelain crown have lead to less sensitivity and pain?
Amon, from Colorado Springs, CO
The CEREC crown is not the cause of the sensitivity. Prior to getting a crown, your dentist should have looked for any causes of the sensitivity – such as decay or fillings. Any buildup should have been removed, and then bonding can be placed prior to a crown. If the buildup was not removed, it would have caused a lot of pain or discomfort prior to the crown placement.
The constant discomfort may be a sign that your tooth is infected and needs a root canal. The sensitivity and pain will go away after a root canal, as that will remove the source of infection inside the tooth.
It may be worth it to see another dentist for an x-ray, to see if you actually need a root canal.
This blog post is brought to you by CEREC Crown provider, Dr. William Cummiskey, of Generations Dental Care.