I had a few crowns done before, and this new crown is to just replace the old one that I had done 10 years ago, because the porcelain was chipped and the metal lining was exposed. I didn't feel any anxiety or anything special when I first went to this dental appointment because from my past experience of doing a crown, I thought it was just another simple dental procedure, just like the ones before, no big deal.
But this time after I am numbed from a shot on my gum and when the dentist was drilling open my cracked crown; just when I was relaxing to the music, smelling the usual metal burning odor, and letting the dentist work like I used to in my previous dentist visits, I suddenly felt an electric jolt of pain shot through my tooth to my upper jaw, expanding to my left ear and down on my lower jaw and then the neck. It was the sort of pain from an electric shock that I initially gestured him to stop, and when he didn't register my signal, I literally jumped up from my lying position. I just had never experienced this much pain and this kind of electric shock before. From then on, my neck has been stiff and my ear has been feeling funny. Do I need to go see an ENT doctor to see what happens. Or should I go to an oral surgeon?
I had never experienced this kind of electric jolt and pain before during a crown procedure. I'm so worried, Will my hearing be impaired permanently? Will the left side of my neck continue to feel this stiff for the rest of my long life? The dentist has a pretty contemporary and very nicely decorated office with lots of amenities, like high-tech digital X-ray, and TV above my head so I could watch TV while the dentist worked on me. So I assumed he was a good dentist. But then he was very young, and I wonder if his short experience as a dentist had given me dental nerve injury. He kept telling me it was normal and I would be fine. But I don't feel normal because I had been to many dental procedures before and I had never experienced this new sensations I am feeling afterwards. I had never felt so scared by the numbing sensation in my neck. My neck never felt numb during or after any dental procedure, not even when I had my oral surgeries to remove two sets of my wisdom teeth (3 years apart), and then 1 root canal procedure, and then 4 other crowns throughout the last 10 years, including this one I'm replacing today.
No matter how the dentist is soothing me, I'm still very nervous and worried. He didn't tell me why I had the painful electric jolt like this on one side of my face and neck, no matter how many times I told him, "It's not the kind of pain where my other dentists poked me rough somewhere that isn't numbed, it's like being electrified on one side of my face!!!! And it was painful!" He just said he hadn't given me enough novacaine, and he went on to give me a couple more shots and continue the work. I hadn't experienced another electric jolt after he gave me subsequent shots. But I was traumatized, and very nervous during the rest of the procedure, wondering, "Now that I have additional novacaine shots, I won't feel how many more electric jolts that may be happening right now, my body won't be able to warn me of possible damage done to it from now on, OMG!!! "
I was in mental paralysis and didn't know what to do or think, but to continue to lie there and let the dentist finish his work. Now I came home and I researched my painful electric jolt and my now numbing sensation on the internet, and I see that I could have experienced "Dental Nerve Injury" during my dental procedure. Yet my dentist never mentioned "Dental Nerve Injury" to me or indicated that was what I had at the time or afterwards.
But the more I read on the internet, the more I am worried now. It's not helping. What should I do now? Should I wait a couple more days before freaking out?