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Temporary Crown Pain

I had a temporary crown placed after my first root canal. I was under full sedation. My jaw/gum soreness is gone but I cannot  apply even a tiny but of pressure on the temp without a severe, shooting pain. It's been 10 days since the procedure. Isn't the root dead? It seems to be most sensitive between the temporary crown and the tooth just behind it. Is it possible the root to the tooth behind the root canal is damaged? I went back to my dentist and he said everything looks fine and the pain should subside with time. I'm just concerned about permanently placing the finished crown (appt is next week) without finding the cause to my existing pain. ..any  advice would be most appreciated!
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6535633 tn?1388068427
It's not unusual for your tooth to be sensitive after a root canal. HJowever, yo may passes through pain depending on complexity of the procedure, condition of the tooth prior to the root canal - was there a possible fracture or presence of infection? Since, you are experiencing discomfort that resembles a toothache, then the temporary filling maybe too high. Check with your oral surgeon, as in successful filling , the sensitivity subsided in about 7-10 days.
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540545 tn?1377622918
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I think that's a decision to be made by your dentist.  Temp crowns are just that, temporary and generally aren't as good or as nice as your permanent crown.  Assuming that the root canal is fine, the temp crown may be causing the problem.  One way of figuring it out is to replace the temp crown and either make a new temp crown or put the permanent crown on temporarily to see if that fixes it.  If not, it could be something else going on
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Thanks for the reply Dr. Tsang.  The tempt crown is actually recessed  from the surrounding teeth a bit. I don't think it's hitting.

How long does the pain take to subside to the surrounding areas typically? Is it okay to place the permanent crown   before complete healing?

I really appreciate your feedback!

Thank you.
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540545 tn?1377622918
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
How's the bite on the crown?  Is the crown "high" and causing some biting problems in the area?  If so, it may need to be adjusted or it will be remedied with the new crown.  Otherwise, if the root canal was difficult, it may take some more time to heal.  The nerve itself should be gone inside the tooth but the nerves around the tooth (in the gums and bones) can still feel pain.
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