I have hated my smile my entire adult life. Finally, several days ago, my upper arch was prepared for multiple crowns and veneers, and I am now in temporaries. I love how natural they appear, but am in horrible pain. I am quite worried. My dentist suggested taking Advil and, while it does help quite a bit, the pain is still horrible without the Advil. In fact, it has now been five days of immense pain. The pain increases as the day goes on, causing my cheeks to feel numb and the back crowns to hurt. I try to stay away from most medicines, so I’ve been using the Advil sparingly, but, by the afternoon, I can’t take the pain, so I resort to the meds. Then, I take it again late into the evening.
Is this typical, a few days after the dental work? I know my mouth experienced significant trauma with the work I had done, but I had similar work done on my bottom teeth and didn’t have this pain. Not sure if I should return to my dentist, or try to see another one.
The pain you are describing isn’t unusual, considering the amount of work your mouth has been through. Any dentist would likely tell you to do just what your dentist did. I also would expect the pain to last a couple more weeks. You’ve basically gone through half of a full-mouth reconstruction surgery, which is similar to having major surgery.
In order to prepare your mouth for the crowns and veneers you had placed, the dentist had to prop it open for quite a long time. Doing so can cause the pain which you are describing. In addition to taking Advil, you could try a warm towel compress on your jaw. It is also important to rest your jaw until the pain improves.
Try the above suggestions for another week, and, if the pain hasn’t subsided, you could look into seeing a TMJ specialist, to determine the options you have for decreasing the pain.
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