I had a temporary bridge placed yesterday, and immediately after the numbness wore off, I noticed that it was very painful to bit on the front tooth of the bridge. The back tooth is completely pain free.
It only hurts when pressure is applied, such as biting food or chewing. It is not sensitive to hot/cold, and otherwise it feels fine.
It does not feel like the bite is high. I went back today, and had the bite adjusted anyway. The dentist filed it down, and after checking it with the thing (sorry the name escapes me; where they have you bite down and grind all around), it was able to do it, pain free. So relieved.
However, now that I am home, I have noticed there is still pain, when chewing. I think it didn't hurt at the dentists office because my teeth weren't touching when they did the test. If there is actually something of substance between the upper and lower (such as food) the pressure still causes pain.
Could this be due simply to the fit not being right on the inside? It feels like maybe it is somewhat loose on the front and moves around thus causing the pain, but I can't really tell. I think I will wait until tomorrow and call back if it still hurts, as it might just need some time to calm down. But I am ver concerned about cementing the permanent on before this is resolved.
I really doubt it needs a root canal because the tooth was relatively healthy with just a small filling, and would not have needed a crown if not for the bridge. I'm terrified they may have caused some damage while prepping the tooth.