Re: New Here. Need Advice on broken tooth and more
It's perfectly natural to have some fear of the dentist and/or procedure(s). Regardless, don't let this hold you back from scheduling and keeping your dental appointment. With the graying/shadowing around the edges of the fillings, that could be a sign of decay developing. If you get the teeth treated early, there is less involved and a lot less expense.
The longer you let the broken tooth go, the worse it will become. In the meantime, it is important to keep that tooth as clean as possible. After you have cleaned the tooth, mold dental wax, orthodontic wax, or candle wax over the tooth. This will help protect the tooth from air and debris. The reason why the tooth is sore is because food is getting trapped in the hole as well as some of the soft, delicate parts of the tooth may be exposed to air and debris. By cleaning the tooth and placing wax on it, you are helping to protect the tooth and many times, the soreness will begin to ease a little.
As Gabriel mentioned, at least go and have an exam and x-rays done to determine what work you may or may not need done. This will also help you in getting a "feel" for the dentist and staff. Sometimes it is much better to divide the appointments up like this so it's not so much all at once.