Permanent crown fitted on a temp basis - how long to wait for my tooth to cool it?
February 7, 2012 3:06 PM Subscribe
My dentist inserted my permanent crown in a temporary fashion due to my tooth's uncertainty about whether it likes all of this intrusive behaviour - how long to wait to see if it will settle down? Potentially triggering dental details inside.
posted by analog to health & fitness (7 answers total)
My rear molar (tooth 46 for those in the know) was prepared for a crown because it had a massive filling and I was experiencing (X maybe 10 months) some sensitivity when biting - no pain when not actually biting down on something hard. There was some urgency to repairing it because I am losing my dental insurance at the end of February. I have three other crowns, which were all done because I had big chunks of tooth crack off, making the need for a crown really obvious. This most recent crown was a little more preventative, but it looks like it could turn out to be the biggest PITA.
Since the prep and placement of the filling, I've had some continued sensitivity when biting down, but it's only in one very specific place at the back outside corner of the tooth. I have zero pain when not actually biting and no issues with heat or cold sensitivity.
My dentist tried out the permanent crown today and even with it on, I could still feel some sensitivity when biting on that horrible bite stick. My dentist placed the permanent crown on the tooth but used a temporary adhesive so that it could be removed should my tooth not settle down and it becomes necessary to do a root canal. My dentist said that he would like to wait a good, long time to see if my tooth will settle, rather than rush into a root canal. This kind of bites (ha) because if I had the root canal now, my insurance would cover it. I was told that it will cost $1000-$1200 CAD if the root canal is required.
So, getting to the question - now that I have the permanent crown fitted on a temporary basis, what is a reasonable amount of time to wait to see if my tooth will calm down? My dentist is a good guy FWIW. Thanks in advance for recollections of your experience.