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Old 01-30-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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Adult molar broken and now loose

First let me say I am terrified of dentists and/or dental pain. I hate the thought of even viewing pictures of dental issues on the web...I pass out or go into extreme panic episodes when I go to a dentist!! That said, I have a serious issue...one of my upper molars was decayed, after some time, with no pain, it has broken. Just the other day while eating almost the entire molar broke off, I have only a sliver left, kinda like a corner of it. Well, I have noticed over the past few days it has become increasingly loose. Now is my tooth & nerve dead because I have NO pain? And should I let the piece of tooth fall out on its own? I know alot about the risk of abscess...not worried, as other teeth of mine were badly broken/decayed...before I got those corrected, but I have never gotten an abscess. Thankfully! I have never had a problem like this. Also on the other side of my mouth, a lower molar of mine was reconstructed with pins (I think) or wires and filled with amalgam...that too just chipped off....but I still have alot of that tooth left...should I be concerned a great deal with that one...not in pain, a little when I was eating stromboli. Never had root canals on ANY of my teeth.

 
Old 01-31-2009, 07:24 AM   #2
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Re: Adult molar broken and now loose

Get to the dentist. I know you have never had an infection before, but that doesn't mean you won't (or don't as the case may be). Also, you want to get the lower one checked so that it doesn't become a bigger problem. A lot of people have a fear of the dentist. There are things that can be done to help you get through your appointment. Your dentist can prescribe you a pill to help you relax (you will need a driver), or Nitrous is another option. Don't let this go. Dental infections can be very dangerous if left unattended. Good luck, and please let me know how it goes.

 
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:06 AM   #3
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Re: Adult molar broken and now loose

All I can say go to a specialist, do not let a general dentist do a root canal, they are not experienced enough. Go to an endodonist for root canal. If you have to have crowns put on go to a Prosthodonist not a general dentist. I have problems right now from a general dentist putting crowns on my teeth.

 
Old 02-01-2009, 10:03 AM   #4
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Re: Adult molar broken and now loose

Well, last night while eating ramen noodles the piece of my molar fell out...with no pain or sensitivity in or around the area. My fiance now has me worried though about the remaining tooth that is left up in my gums...I'm guessing the tooth and root was dead....so now do I run risk of infection cuz tooth that's left in gums will start to decay?

As for a pill and nitrous....I did that when I went to dentist to get other teeth fixed & repaired...but now I have no dental insurance, so I kinda have to wait cuz I can't afford the cost of dentist. But thank you all for your help!!!

 
Old 02-01-2009, 12:17 PM   #5
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Re: Adult molar broken and now loose

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All I can say go to a specialist, do not let a general dentist do a root canal, they are not experienced enough. Go to an endodonist for root canal. If you have to have crowns put on go to a Prosthodonist not a general dentist. I have problems right now from a general dentist putting crowns on my teeth.
Chelsea, sorry that you had a bad experience with a general dentist. There are many general dentists that are perfectly capable of doing root canals and placing crowns. Each dentist is different and while some may not have the experience, many do.

 
Old 02-05-2009, 07:39 PM   #6
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Chelsea, sorry that you had a bad experience with a general dentist. There are many general dentists that are perfectly capable of doing root canals and placing crowns. Each dentist is different and while some may not have the experience, many do.
Maybe some do, I'm not saying all are bad, but from what I have experienced, I will never go back to a general dentist for a crown, my crown is still loose and moving or it may be the tooth underneath moving, but something is still hurting my gums and I had a root canal. He placed the crown really deep into the gum and then he left it too high and it caused me to have headaches, numbness, tightness in my neck and jaw.

Now that the prosthodonist has adjusted it some, it feels better but there is still something wrong with it.

There may be alot of dentist out there that do a good job, you are proably right about GDs but here is one that will never go back to one for crowns after what I am experiencing now. It feels like it is trying to come off and has moved my other teeth. It is the worst feeling and he has made a gap in the side of my number 19 and 20. He grinded my original 20 on the side.
It makes me sick to think about what he has done to my teeth. There are more details involved, but sooner or later I'm sure I will get them resolved once this crown comes off.

He put a large crown on my tooth and tried to make it fit is what I think he tried to do.

 
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but now I have no dental insurance, so I kinda have to wait cuz I can't afford the cost of dentist. But thank you all for your help!!!
Are there any dental schools in your area that are willing to see patients at reduced cost? (That will involve being worked on by dental students under supervision of instructors.)

If you do not get the current problem looked at now, it could get much more painful and much more expensive later.

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