Years ago, #19 had a large amalgum restoration. About 5 years ago, it cracked and a permanent crown was placed. About 6 months ago I started experiencing aching in that tooth when chewing. 2 months ago the pain progressed to a sharp pain that is worse when the bite is released than when I bite down. I have seen my dentist twice in the last 6 months. Each time he adjusted my night guard and tooth #19, but it is not getting better. My last visit was one week ago. How long should I wait before insisting on further evaluation? X-rays were negative.
You should go back and tell him that the tooth still isn't getting any better. X-rays aren't always the best for detecting problems under crowns, as you can't see through the metal in the crown. There is a possibility that the whole crack wasn't removed from the tooth and it has started to crack further.
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