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Question:
Pain all over on left side after crown on tooth 15: I had a broken tooth, but no pain. The dentist drilled and placed a temporary crown 3 weeks ago.

I started having pain on the left side, top and bottom. A permanent crown was placed 4 days ago. I am still having pain in various teeth top and bottom on the left side.

Why is there pain in areas other than where the crown was placed? I go for a 6 month cleaning tomorrow and they are going to look at the crown, but taking ibuprofen every day is not good. ...Visitor from Indianapolis

Answer:
It sounds like the new crown may have altered your bite.

The tooth could be resting too high, too low or the design of the tooth does not duplicate the top surface of the tooth that was lost.

The permanent crown should not have been placed until your symptoms were resolved.

If your dentist is unable to diagnose what is going on... and why.... get a consult with a Prosthodontist (they are the masters of the adult bite).

If possible, find a dentist or specialist who has access to a Tekscan. Here is a video of their bite analysis tool:

http://www.dental--health.com/video_tekscan_occlusal.html

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