I had 2 teeth prepped for a bridge a week ago and it has been throbbing ever since, they are top right side and it also causes my jaw to hurt as well. Went back to my dentist and he shaved down some of the temp bridge and said it should help, but it hasn't. I take Tylenol and Advil all day everyday, can you please help me?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 30
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.Are you having any pain to temperature changes on the teeth right now?Do you feel like you are hitting one side of your mouth before the other ? Are you having pains near your ear or is the pain located more around the teeth themselves?
Yes, the cold hurts and the warm feels good on them. I think the left side is hitting first not the side with the temp bridge and I guess I am kinda having pain near my ear since the pain is radiating through my jaw
Do you have any other missing teeth in your mouth or are there any spaces?
Yes I have one space on the top left side and one on the bottom right side
There could be a couple of things going on.The fact that you are having pain to cold is kind of normal considering that there is no enamel on the prepped teeth anymore which is protective for them.If the teeth that were prepped had large fillings in them,it is even more likely that you would experience some sensitivity.It is somewhat traumatic when a tooth is prepped,but pain to cold is usually reversible.Pain to hot is not so the cold sensitivity tells me that the tooth or teeth are still alive.The fact that your ear is hurting tells me that your bite has been changed.The temporomandibular joint located just in front of your ear,is very sensitive to any minor changes in the bite.If you feel that you are hitting one side before the other,you need to get back to the dentist and have him equalize your bite.A week biting abnormally can certainly cause the type of pains that you are describing.The fact that you have other missing teeth will allow the bite to drift and change,adding to the fact that the temporary bridge has not been adjusted properly to conform to the bite as it was before.Does this make any sense to you?
Kinda makes sense to me, just hoping the nerve isn't exposed
If the nerve were exposed,pain to hot and pain to biting pressure would be evident,and the tooth itself would be throbbing and probably would not let up.If you are having doubt about tooth pain when the bridge is getting ready to be cemented,have your dentist temporarily cement the bridge for a few weeks to see if the pain doesn't subside.If the pain stays around the ear,your dentist has to pay particular attention to adjusting your bite just right,sometimes it takes a couple of times.The pain is coming from the inflammation of the joint ,and until the bite is adjusted properly, the pain will probably not fade.Advil Liquigels 400mg every four hours alternating with tylenol 1000 mg may help with the discomfort if you have no prescription painkillers.Please ask if there any further questions.
Dentist and Anesthesiologist for 33 years