A dental crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that is put over a tooth to help bring back its shape, size, strength and/or improve the appearance of the tooth. The cap covers the entire visible portion of the tooth from the gumline. However, before a permanent crown is put in place, a temporary crown is used initially.
Many times, when a temporary crown is used until the permanent is ready, some people can experience pain. Usually it is normal for the newly crowned tooth to get sensitive as extensive dental work goes into putting a crown. However, this sensitivity or discomfort disappears in a few days. Invariably the dentist will recommend that you use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to get rid of the sensation.
But if the toothache lasts for a long period of time after putting a temporary crown, there could be some dental problem. Sometimes, the nerve of the tooth could be damaged and this explains the pain. In this case, a root canal treatment is the need of the hour. Other times, it could be that the temporary crown is not properly fixed causing leakage. A visit to the dentist to repair this problem by putting new cement can cause the toothache to disappear. Even if the bite of the jaw is not aligned after putting a temporary crown, it can lead to discomfort and pain in some people.
However, when it comes to toothache after a temporary crown, the best person to advise you is your dentist. Any problems you have should be referred to the dentist who put the temporary crown in the first place.
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