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Temporary crown removal pain.

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Kath75

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Has anyone experienced pain during the removal of a temporary crown to put in a permanent one?
I recently had a temporary crown removed and I experienced terrible terrible pain! It seemed follow the nerve pathway shooting straight into my head and down into my jaw. Definitely a 9/10 ?...(and I have had child births, no meds) No numbing was done by the dentist! I about jumped out of that chair. The pain was very intense for abt a min then went frm a 9 to abt 7/10. Later I had a bad headache. I wld like to mention that this is not my first rodeo with crowns. I have had crowns b4 2/3 but I think they all involved a root canal (they didn't hurt either when they removed the temp crown to put the permanent one, I can't recall if it was numbed or not)this one didn't need a root canal just 'build up/prep' and crown. All were done by the same dentist(whom I have had for 10 yrs and I have liked n trusted till now ?).
•I am worried, did it hurt coz there was something more going on with the tooth underneath? ? •Or should he have numbed it and didn't? ? Maybe they were in a rush..? (When the permanent crown came in, they called to schedule an appt I said I cld come in that same day if there was an opening coz I was off, after being put on hold for a few mins... they said be there by 3p) •Or am I being a baby?
•Has anyone had a similar experience?
I had a bad dental experience as a 10yr child and it took me abt 20 yrs to back to a dentist... I am now afraid to go back. ?.Even for cleaning...? ?That tooth/crown is still very sensitive to cold foods. Currently avoiding using that side.
 
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Kath75,

Your post really got my attention as I've had many many temp crowns in my life and a few that were very sensitive when taken off without anesthetic years ago. I can imagine that deep nerving pain you experience with this and so sorry you went through this! I do know that teeth that haven't been root canal-ed can be very sensitive and anywork without anesthetic is difficult to treat without discomfort and sometimes very intense pain. and I've had some dentists way in past do this saying "you don't NEED it" it is quicker for them to just take it off without doing anesthetic , but most the time and I can say ALL the time for me, I'd much rather have anesthetic.. I know my previous and current have immediately offered me anesthetic wanting me to be the most comfortable.

I also had a very very bad childhood experience and had pockets of years I didn't go back. Its hard to get up the courage again. REally give you credit for going in courageously and getting this done! I hope your crown feels better soon.. !
 
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I had a crown redone last April, and it hurt when they tried to take off the temp crown. My dentist immediately stopped and said, "that shouldn't hurt that bad". She left the temp crown on for another month, and tried again. It still hurt. She sent me to the endodontist, who tested the tooth and found out it needed a root canal. Not that your experience is going to be like mine, but if it doesn't settle, you should definitely get it checked out. If it needs a root canal, the good news is that they can go in through your crown, so you don't have to get it done again.

I am worried about this exact same thing. I have two cracked molars that need crowns, but not root canals. After my last experience, I am terrified that the crown prep will lead to a root canal.
 
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I had a crown redone last April, and it hurt when they tried to take off the temp crown. My dentist immediately stopped and said, "that shouldn't hurt that bad". She left the temp crown on for another month, and tried again. It still hurt. She sent me to the endodontist, who tested the tooth and found out it needed a root canal. Not that your experience is going to be like mine, but if it doesn't settle, you should definitely get it checked out. If it needs a root canal, the good news is that they can go in through your crown, so you don't have to get it done again.

I am worried about this exact same thing. I have two cracked molars that need crowns, but not root canals. After my last experience, I am terrified that the crown prep will lead to a root canal.
Thanks!?
 
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Kath75,

Your post really got my attention as I've had many many temp crowns in my life and a few that were very sensitive when taken off without anesthetic years ago. I can imagine that deep nerving pain you experience with this and so sorry you went through this! I do know that teeth that haven't been root canal-ed can be very sensitive and anywork without anesthetic is difficult to treat without discomfort and sometimes very intense pain. and I've had some dentists way in past do this saying "you don't NEED it" it is quicker for them to just take it off without doing anesthetic , but most the time and I can say ALL the time for me, I'd much rather have anesthetic.. I know my previous and current have immediately offered me anesthetic wanting me to be the most comfortable.

I also had a very very bad childhood experience and had pockets of years I didn't go back. Its hard to get up the courage again. REally give you credit for going in courageously and getting this done! I hope your crown feels better soon.. !
Thank you ?
 
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Sorry to read about your experience, I can understand that this raised your anxiety.
I was wondering how your dentist reacted as you experienced this pain?
 
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The pain really surprised me and I thought it was just a fluke so I raised my hand after a moment or two and he stopped only after he pulled the temp crown out. He asked 'are you okay' but seemed very nonchalant about it... I said that really hurt! and then it began to go down. I said its starting to subside a bit.. He said, "Yes those nerves are exposed right now" ( I am thinking shouldn't I be numbed for that ?)Then he used a 'cleaning tool' blowing cold air/something I don't know, more pain! uncontrable tears in my eyes at this point. I stop him and I am dry coughing now (I think due to my allergies). He ask are you okay again( he didn't seem worried that pain could be due to something else. I asked for water and then they put the permanent crown in
 
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The pain really surprised me and I thought it was just a fluke so I raised my hand after a moment or two and he stopped only after he pulled the temp crown out. He asked 'are you okay' but seemed very nonchalant about it... I said that really hurt! and then it began to go down. I said its starting to subside a bit.. He said, "Yes those nerves are exposed right now" ( I am thinking shouldn't I be numbed for that ?)Then he used a 'cleaning tool' blowing cold air/something I don't know, more pain! uncontrable tears in my eyes at this point. I stop him and I am dry coughing now (I think due to my allergies). He ask are you okay again (he didn't seem worried that pain could be due to something else). I asked for water and then they put the permanent crown in
PS. When I asked why no numbing was done, the dental assistant said because it's hard for patients to feel if the bite is okay and people end up going back. I wld rather have been numbed and go back for another visit if my bite wasn't okay.
 
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When I had my crown done originally, it did not hurt at all when they took off the temporary, and it was just a little sensitive when they cleaned it. It was never numbed. The dentist saying the nerves are exposed is kind of dumb, in my opinion. The nerves shouldn't be exposed. Yes, more of the tooth is taken off, but the pulp should still be covered and protected.

Hopefully it will settle down for you. My husband had a crown done this year, and it hurt quite a bit for about two months, then calmed down and was fine.
 
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The pain really surprised me and I thought it was just a fluke so I raised my hand after a moment or two and he stopped only after he pulled the temp crown out. He asked 'are you okay' but seemed very nonchalant about it... I said that really hurt! and then it began to go down. I said its starting to subside a bit.. He said, "Yes those nerves are exposed right now" ( I am thinking shouldn't I be numbed for that ?)Then he used a 'cleaning tool' blowing cold air/something I don't know, more pain! uncontrable tears in my eyes at this point. I stop him and I am dry coughing now (I think due to my allergies). He ask are you okay again( he didn't seem worried that pain could be due to something else. I asked for water and then they put the permanent crown in

This sounds awful, and you even were in pain two times and he haven't done anything about that, that's hard. :( In my practice we use to tell the patients that the tooth can be sensitive and give them the choice to either try and see if it's ok (and numb them up immediately if they have pain) or to use local straight away if they wish.
I wonder what happened if you have trusted this dentist for 10 years? Do you feel like having a chat with him about this letting him know how upset this made you?
 
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When I had my crown done originally, it did not hurt at all when they took off the temporary, and it was just a little sensitive when they cleaned it. It was never numbed. The dentist saying the nerves are exposed is kind of dumb, in my opinion. The nerves shouldn't be exposed. Yes, more of the tooth is taken off, but the pulp should still be covered and protected.

Hopefully it will settle down for you. My husband had a crown done this year, and it hurt quite a bit for about two months, then calmed down and was fine.
Thank you much for the feedback and support.
 
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This sounds awful, and you even were in pain two times and he haven't done anything about that, that's hard. :( In my practice we use to tell the patients that the tooth can be sensitive and give them the choice to either try and see if it's ok (and numb them up immediately if they have pain) or to use local straight away if they wish.
I wonder what happened if you have trusted this dentist for 10 years? Do you feel like having a chat with him about this letting him know how upset this made you?
Thank you Enarete. Yes I think I might talk with him but I am kinda upset now so I will wait... also to see if the tooth settles down.
 
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Sorry to hear about the bad experience! I was not numbed for my temp crown removal and did not experience any pain with it however, the tooth was previously root canaled and that seems to make a difference. It seems to me after stopping the first time, they should have offered you anesthetic and definitely by the second time. In my experience, if I am even previously numbed and stop them the immediate response is to give me another injection and wait a few minutes before proceeding.
 
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