Oral Health

Question
Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-04-21

Q.

What to do??

Good day doc,
I' ve got a problem .... I' ve got a crown covering 2 x molers in the bottom right at the back. For the last month, I have had tooth-ache, and I can pinpoint that it is the back tooth. Been to the dentist, and she can' t see anything wrong on the x-rays taken. I' ve taken a course of antibiotics for incase there was an infection, but that has not helped at all. It is particularly sore when I bite on it, or push it on the sides. If feels as if the tooth is loose. I have another appointment with the dentist on Thursday, and I would like to know what my options are. Getting another crown is out of the question, simply because of the cost. What is my options if the 2 teeth get extracted. How will I fill the gaps?

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

it is difficult to say what your options are without assessing the state of your teeth/mouth. the nature of the adjacent teeth etc need to be determined.
if the tooth is loose and the supporting bone is healthy, an infection is the most likely cause. the crown will not allow the top part of the nerve of the tooth to be seen on x-ray.
before extracting the tooth, it may be better to remove the crown first and see if there is any decay under the crown

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