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  • I cracked my third teeth to the back on my right side and now it has a little rot on the gum on side of it. What should I do? ... Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • After grinding my teeth while sleeping I woke up with pain in the #2 tooth. To touch it, or have hot or cold on it was too much. The next day I was given penicillan to take for 10 days (from after hour clinic). I had an xray done 3 days later and they said I needed a root canal. With no insurance I made an appointment with a highly recommended dentist. He took one xray and said he couldn't see anything to justify a root canal. The pain I had felt previously lasted for just that first day There is a slight pain if I tap on the tooth but it doesn't hurt to eat or drink, or have anything hot or cold. Could a crack in the center of the tooth be the culprit and just need a crown? ... Visitor from MT     (answer)

  • Trauma: I got a knock on a front tooth, and there's a sliver of a crack that I can see - and it's a bit tender. Do these things ever heal? Will I definitely have to get some sort of work done? What are my options? ... Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • I have a cracked molar. One dentist says he will put a crown on it. Another dentist says that would be a waste of time and money since a cracked tooth can not be repaired and would eventually have to be removed, rendering the crown a waste. The first dentist said the crown would stop the crack. Please help. Who is correct? ...Scott     (answer)

  • I'm an American with a permanent residence in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. At this moment I am in a small town near Zhangzhou, China. I'm an English professor at a U.S. university with an extension campus here in China. Yesterday I went to get a teeth cleaning at a good dental clinic in Zhangzhou. I complained about some sensitivity in a tooth on the lower right side. After much examination they finally informed me that they found a very small crack in a tooth; they surmise the crack may have allowed an infection in the pulp. They gave me a 2-week course of antibiotics and said that if the sensitivity persists after 2 weeks, I should return and probably get a root canal.
    My questions:
    1. Do you agree? If the sensitivity goes away after the antibiotics, does this mean I DON'T need a root canal?
    2. If the crack is merely a superficial enamel crack, would I need a root canal to correct that? I want to get the problem fixed in China, if possible. ... Scott     (answer)

  • Sore tooth after cracked tooth fixed: I just got my bottom right tooth fixed after my dentist had found a little crack and he had fixed it. Now I am still in a lot of pain and he has now put me on antibiotics. I am wondering why can't I sleep because my tooth hurts so much. Help! ...Visitor from Ontario Canada     (answer)

  • I have two cracked molars from grinding my teeth too hard when I forgot to wear my night guard! Major bummer!!! Anyway, I am now having some low grade pain with both teeth. This is mild enough to be kept under control with over the counter Ibuprofen. However, we are about to go on vacation and I can't afford to get the crowns on these two teeth for at least another month. Even with my insurance it will be expensive and I want to take my kids on vacation. So, my question is, what am I risking by waiting? What would be the worse case scenario if I wait another month to get these fixed? I've known about this problem for a month and a half. The pain started about two weeks ago. Any opinion you may have on this would be greatly appreciated.     (answer)

  • I recently went to the dentist about some swelling in my lower gum. To me it feels like a knot. It is below a crown a had put in about a year and a half ago over a tooth that I had a root canal on several years ago that started to chip and the filling came out of it. Anyway, my dentist referred me to an Endodontist. They say my tooth is cracked and probably can't be saved. My tooth itself doesn't really hurt just some soreness in the knot on my gum underneath it. My dentist also gave me penicilin to take. What are my options? They suggested having it removed. I don't want a hole there even though it is the #19 tooth. Also how long do I have before it causes more damage?     (answer)

  • How can I tell if a tooth is cracked? Does a crack always result in pain in the tooth or gum? Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • About three years ago I was disabled by the pain in the jaw area. It took about two weeks before a specialist was called who located the tooth and said it was a cracked tooth that allowed bacteria to form and cause this tremendous pain. A root canal was completed and a cap was applied. The pain I have now seems to be in the same area and is triggered by heat, coffee or such, and soothed with cold water. Most inpirtant to me is who should I contact? What type of dentist can diagnose the problem and treat it? Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Help. I just cracked a molar on a piece of popcorn. It is cracked but still intact. Should I remove it? Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Pain in top front tooth: 4 months ago while rushing to eat my breakfast cereal so to get to work I hit my front top tooth with the side of a tablespoon pretty hard. Since then I have a daily mild pain in that tooth. Went to my dentist who shined a light from behind the tooth and did an x-ray and told me he did not see any fracture and that the nerve looked fine and told me he would hate to do a root canal after seeing nothing. That was that and I live in constant pain and don't know what more to do. ... Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Cracked Tooth Syndrome: My dentist has diagnosed this from symptoms and recommends a crown to stabilize the tooth. He says there is no way to verify the diagnosis through any imaging techniques. I feel leary of undergoing a procedure without a definitive diagnosis, i.e., some sort of picture of the crack. Are there newer technologies that perhaps my dentist doesn't have or isn't aware of? ... Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Finding Signs of Cracked Teeth: I had a cracked tooth and the dentist put a crown on it. I have never been able to comfortably chew on it and it is sensitive to cold. Sometimes it also gets an ache in it, down to the jawbone. The dentist has x-rayed it twice and checked it with a strip and cannot find any sign that it needs a root canal and said the crown looks fine. He said perhaps the tooth behind it is cracking but he can't see definite a sign of that either. I think the tooth was beyond saving and even the crown can't save it. Do I probably have to lose the tooth? ... Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Cracked Molars: 62 year old male with cracked molars. The cracks run horizontal near the base of the tooth just up from the gun line. I can feel the cracks with my finger nail. The molars are all fillings down the center of the teeth. The sides of the teeth have been breaking off requiring caps. My question is, can some preventive work be done to reinforce the tooth before it breaks. I eat very lite foods knowing I have this problem. The fillings are old, amalgam I think. ... Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Best Crown for Cracked Tooth? I am a 41 year old female (great dental record). I went to a new Dentist and was told that tooth #30 was cracked and needs a crown. Options given were porcelain with metal combo, but for tooth #31 only. Another option is Gold Crown. The tooth is smaller in height than #30. I really do not want a gold crown in my mouth. Not very appropriate for a female. Can they adjust the height of the porcelain/metal crown to fit #31? I have not had any problems with my teeth except very infrequent sensitivity (mostly after tooth whitening). Should I have a 2nd opinion? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Cracked bottom back tooth: I have great teeth. I always have been taking care of them, and one day my dentist says I have a cracked tooth and that I need to get a crown. Why does a tooth crack? Can this have happened with one of the dentist tools when doing my cleaning? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

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