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Old 06-26-2005, 06:59 AM   #1
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Question Tooth decay - fraying!

I have a bridge on my lower front teeth. Each end is anchored by a crown with 2 false teeth between. Next to the gum under one crown a sharp fragment appears. This frays so that it feels like frayed bristle. My dentist says that this is decay of the tooth under the crown. Can decay really feel like this?
Also, I thought the crown should have covered the remnant of tooth underneath, whereas the sharp bit is outside the bottom of the crown.
I have to have the whole bridge replaced, apparently, at vast expense. Would be grateful for anyone else's experience.

 
Old 06-27-2005, 11:45 AM   #2
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Re: Tooth decay - fraying!

if there is decay under the crown, you can feel the crown margin, which feels sharp to your tongue.

 
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Old 06-28-2005, 05:06 AM   #3
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Re: Tooth decay - fraying!

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if there is decay under the crown, you can feel the crown margin, which feels sharp to your tongue.
Thanks for reply. BUT, if I run my tongue or fingernail vertically down the crown, I come to a groove, so that the crown appears to fit inside whatever substance is underneath, rather than outside it. It is this substance which is 'fraying'. Each sharp strand has an elastic quality to begin with, which, when I work the end with my tongue, frays into tiny fibres. I can't believe this is decaying tooth. So what is it?

 
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