I got a temporary crown put in last week and it started giving me pain a couple days ago. The pain is constant, but only really throbs after moving my mouth (especially for smiling). So I go to the dentist today, they put a numbing cream (Colgate Orabase) on the swollen gums, and sent me on my way with a sample packet of the cream to use as needed. The numbing cream helps, but I don't know if it's just masking the pain or actually helping for the long run.
I look online to read more about my problem and came across a post about how temporary crowns made with acrylic can irritate the gums, even to the point where the placement of the permanent crown can be affected. I also read another post about how this irritation could be something called crown invasion and that crown lengthening to remove extra gum tissue and file down the tooth bone is the only way to solve this gum pain and swelling.
Did my dentist do the proper thing by just giving me a numbing cream? I'm thinking maybe I should give the cream a few days and then go back to the dentist if the pain and swelling is still there. I've had one other crown done a couple years ago by another dentist and didn't have this complication.