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Very slight pain in a tooth that has been prepared for a crown is normal. This is because the enamel covering the tooth has been thinned down , making it a candidate for hypersensitivity. However, this pain should not reach a point where 2 tablets of Motrin daily are required to alleviate it.
This could mean that there is some irreversible damage to the pulp of the tooth (pulpitis), due to the mechanical and thermal irritation caused during the tooth preparation. I would suggest holding off on the permanent crown until the pain stops completely.
If it doesnt, remains the same or increases, yes the toot may need a root canal. Wait fo3 3 days more to decide.
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