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Pain with New Crown

09/29/2010

Question:

I just got a crown on one of my teeth. My tooth still hurts, and seems to be getting worse, especially when I chew. My dentist said it was important to come in and check in case I might need a root canal.

Answer:

It is not uncommon to need a root canal on a crowed tooth. The reason is not necessarily that a crown was placed, but rather, because of the many reasons for needing the crown originally, including a broken tooth, multiple large fillings or extensive decay. However, a very common reason for a newly crowed tooth to hurt the way that you describe is if the crown is too high. Ask the dentist to check with occlusion paper and adjust if necessary. Sometimes a very small adjustment can make a very big difference.

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Response by:

Ned Robertson, DMD, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University