I had a molar bone graft (#14 and 15) done 3 weeks ago overseas and was told to wait 4 to 10 months to get the implant. How do you establish that the graft healing is done an ready for implant? Are there food I need to completely avoid until I receive the implant and crown?At the same time, I got 2 crowns changed (#2 and 3) one of which did not get a root canal and has been sensitive to cold and heat since. Does this feeling usually disappear with Sensodyne-or similar ?Thank you in advance
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Hello, this is Dr. Rowe...let me see if I can be of assistance. You were told correctly to wait 4-10 months to allow proper bone growth and regeneration before having your implant done. I usually have my patients wait a minimum of 4 months and preferably 6 months before initiating an implant placement. Just eat healthy to stimulate proper bone growth; I usually urge my patients to take a daily multi-vitamin. As far as the continued hot/cold sensitivity on your crown, i sounds to me like you might need a root canal in that tooth also, inflamation of the pulp/nerve of the tooth (pulpitis) is only remedied by a root canl and not Sensodyne. If I can be of anymore help, please let me know.
Is there a specific reason to not performing a root canal before a crown is placed? I will not be happy is there is no difference, especially when this could have been done while my mouth was wide open. Thank you again.
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Welcome to Justanswer.I will do my best to answer your question.I am not a great typist,be patient and feel free to ask if anything is unclear.Dr Rowe is correct.. as for not doing the root canal when the tooth was prepped to be crowned...the dentist at the time had no real rationale for doing a root canal at the time..You had no syptoms then,there was no swelling,there was no fistula and you had not given the dentist any indication that there was a problem with the tooth.There was probably no xray evidence of any problem at that time.So really ,there was no justification for treating that tooth.Teeth can be crowned without needing root canals.What probably happened,which is common,,the trauma that is caused though slight, while preparing the crown , was enough to disturb the pulp tissue inside the tooth enough to give you symptoms.Many times we see pain to cold..which is reversible..Pain to hot and biting pressure is not.The problem could be that the temporary crown may be a little high..and adjusting it will solve the problem.If the pain gets worse..your dentist can do the root canal before the crown is cemented.If you are unsure of the pain diminishing,have your dentist cement the permanent crown temporarily..so that if the tooth needs to be root canalled..the crown can be easily removed.Does that make any sense to you?