I had two crowns done and now I’m in terrible pain. It hurts when I bite down. They also feel bulky, not like my old teeth did at all. It has been so stressful and my current dentist keeps insisting they’re fine. I know this is going to sound insane but I’m currently nursing my baby. The pain is causing stress, which I think is reducing my milk supply. I need to replace these crowns but can’t afford to do it out of pocket. What do you recommend?
You don’t sound insane. I understand how important it is to keep up your milk supply when that is the only source of your child’s nutrition. Not a dental thing, but there are lactation specialists who can help give you something to increase it temporarily until this situation is rectified.
I’m annoyed at your dentist’s reluctance to address the pain you’re feeling. A good dentist is never satisfied if their patient is in pain. It sounds to me like you may be better served with a different dentist. First, we’ll talk about a couple of possibilities for why you’re in pain.
One possibility is the crown is seated too high. If the crown is high, when you bite down your other teeth will hit the crown first. This can be quite painful. Normally, your biting force is spread out over all your teeth. If your crown is being hit first, it is taking all the force. Pain. Bear in mind I haven’t examined you, but my tendency is to lean toward this being the cause. I’m basing it on this because you said the crown feels bulky.
However, there is a second reason. If the crown was the result of a root canal treatment, there could still be a lingering infection. Those canals can be tricky so it is not always simple to get everything. Something can be missed.
Either way, you need this dealt with.
Getting a Second Opinion
Here’s what I’d like you to do. I know you don’t have a lot of money right now with a brand new baby. I’d like you to get a second opinion. There are dentists who are willing to give a free second opinion, so that will help you not have to put out any money out of pocket.
There is a trick to getting a second opinion. You don’t want to tell the dentist who treated you. This is because they likely know each other. You don’t want them to feel they’re being disloyal to a friend. Just tell the dentist what your symptoms are and let them diagnose the problem. If they ask what your dentist said, just answer that you want an unbiased opinion.
If it turns out your dentist needs to adjust the crown, you have a second opinion to back you up. Sometimes knowing a peer disagrees with their work will “encourage” a dentist to do the right thing. If your dentist still refuses, you will be stuck getting it done elsewhere. Fortunately, there are compassionate, affordable dentists who will likely be willing to do the work in order to get you out of pain and then arrange payments for you.
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