I went to the dentist recently and one of my teeth apparently needs a 4 surface filling. while i know what this means i am concerned because my dentist said it might need a root canal but he is not sure. i've had whole mouth xrays, bitewings AND single xrays done on this tooth and how can he not know if it needs a root canal? i also know the cavity is re-current decay because it's under an old filling i had done 6 years ago.
i'm not having any symptoms of pain on this tooth except random weird feeling of the tooth when i start to think about it a lot or panic, maybe can be described as a slight, slight slight ache that does away. i do not notice any night-time pain. he did the cold test on a normal tooth and the one in question and both teeth reacted the same way: pain and then it vanished without lingering.
i am getting a second opinion but i am just wondering if anyone knows if a 4 surface filling will last or eventually lead to a root canal or if i REALLY do require a root canal like my dentist said? how is it possible that he doesn't know if i need one? and if anyone has experience with 4 surface (deep cavity) fillings i'd appreciate it. the other advice i was given was that i get a filling that is temporary and if it starts to hurt, then get a root canal. i'm just confused about what to do. i should also note that i can see a little brown specks under my old filing but my tooth isn't black or anything.
anyyyy help would be great, i'm freaking out about this because i do not have dental insurance and cannot afford to spend $1000 on a procedure i might not need. thanks so much!
ps- if this helps, it's tooth number "46" or a back molar, lower right side. thanks