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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Problem with Crown

10/12/2010

Question:

Several months ago I had a gold crown put on one of my molars. The dentist drilled out the old filling and assured me there was no sign of abscess or infection before placing on the crown. I`ve had nothing but pain in that tooth since (sensitive to heat and cold). The dentist says the nerve must be too close to the crown and I will need a root canal to kill the nerve. Is this usual with crowns?

Answer:

While not usual, it unfortunately is not uncommon. A tooth can withstand only so many fillings, and refillings before the nerve can no longer repair itself. One's reparative ability decreases greatly as we "mature." It may be that this procedure was the last your nerve could withstand. I hope this was helpful.

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University