How long should I be in pain after cosmetic dentistry?

I decided to go over to Mexico to see a cosmetic dentist over there about having a lot of work done. Well, I went through with it but am beginning to think it was a mistake. It’s been a few weeks now that I had 11 crowns done and porcelain veneers put on my top, front teeth. I am in so much pain! My gums aren’t tender or anything, it my jaw that is super achy. I do have one tooth that is very sensitive. It hurts to chew on at all, even something soft like bread. When I contacted the dentist, he told me to take ibuprofen for a few week since I had such extensive work done at once. He also mentioned that the crown that is bothering me may need to be adjusted or may require a root canal. But that tooth doesn’t even come in contact with any of my top teeth when I’m chewing, so I’m not sure what to think. How much longer can I take ibuprofen every 4-6 hours? Please let me know your thoughts.

– Jess in Nevada

Jess,

What you have described is not normal after getting any kind of cosmetic dentistry treatments. Also, you should not be taking that much ibuprofen. That kind of regular dosage can cause damage to your liver and kidneys. Sometimes, after getting crowns done you may have some soreness or tenderness for a few days, but you should not be in pain. And your teeth should come into contact normally after crowns, just like they did before the treatment. Porcelain veneers should not be causing you pain either.

It’s time to find an experienced American cosmetic dentist. Schedule an appointment to go in and see how everything looks. It does sound like a possibility that you will need a root canal. But there are many excellent cosmetic dentists that can also perform a root canal for you. And if for some reason it is beyond their area of expertise, they will refer you to a reputable dentist so it is done correctly. Please, don’t go back to Mexico. That is why you are in this situation in the first place.

You need to follow-up on this sooner than later. If you do indeed require a root canal you may be dealing with an infection inside your tooth. The ache in your jawbone may also be attributed to this. Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully it discourages others to be tempted on cheap dental work. In the long run, often times it just doesn’t pay off.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix cosmetic dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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