I had a long dental appointment a few days ago, and ever since my jaw has been hurting. I received a few temporary veneers and had my mouth open for several hours on to prepare it for my permanent porcelain veneers. My appointment went well, and I like how my temporary veneers look. However, the pain I feel requires me to take several over-the-counter pain killers every day. The pain centers in my jaw and is also present in my cheek.
I called my dentist, but they cannot get me in for an appointment for another two weeks, as they are out of town. I’m sore and achy, but is that normal? I know my mouth has been through a lot in the past few days. I am just not sure if I should wait two weeks, or if I should go see an emergency dentist.
Jill, from Omaha, Nebraska
Given the amount your mouth has been through in the past few days, the pain you are feeling is normal. The pain should subside in a week or two. Getting so many veneers is a major surgery, and keeping your jaw open for so many hours would cause strain.
To alleviate your jaw pain, you should rest it, use warm compresses, and continue to take the over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil.
Since your dentist is unavailable, chances are they have left your file with another dentist at their practice in the meantime. If your pain has not subsided in a week, or has gotten worse, see if you can get in for an earlier appointment. If you think your jaw has an infection, begins to swell, or the pain becomes even worse, go see an emergency dentist.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs emergency dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.