I recently had a crown on a rear bottom tooth. Dentist put in temp filling for few week - extremely painful for few days, gum went white underneath and lots of pain in the jaw / gum but no pain in tooth (prob due to LT problem with TMJ).
I returned to dentist for crown prep and she said that due to this problem with temp filling and fact that hole went close to root cavity I may need RCT. Since I was not in pain and there was nothing on x-ray, she said she would put temp crown on and when perm crown came in she would put it on with temp cement for few months to see if there was a problem. The temp crown was fine for a few days, except the bite was too high. After a few days a bit broke off and after that there was a swishy feeling whenever I bit down but no pain. I explained this to the dentist when I went for the perm crown.
Perm crown was put in and i found it much bigger than original tooth (level on the outside but sticks out on inside by about 1/2 a tooth) which is uncomfortable and a lot higher, so is the first tooth hit everytime I bite down. After a few days I noticed swollen lump on gum under crown but still no pain. Went to dentist to file it down, she had a quick look and said I had an abscess, may need RCT and gave me antibiotics. She said that even though she had suggested temp cement because I was in no pain she had actually used perm cement so would have to drill through.
Gum still swollen and felt wobbly, so saw dentist again. She took another x-ray which showed infection in the gum rather than the root canal so gave me more antibiotics but hasn't improved things so says I now need RCT.
Is is an abscess / RCT if I have no pain and no sensitivity to hot / cold?
If I need RCT does ite it worse now that the crown is on?