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runnergirlkelly 01-21-2020 05:48 AM

Lucky Me/large amount of decay under crown
 
Good Morning, everyone!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I was awake all night with worry and would love to hear from others.
Although I have checkups every six months, I switched dentists and had my first appointment yesterday. They discovered a LARGE cavity under a crowned molar (near the front). Yes, I had noticed the black margin lines but really thought it was part of gum recession. It has indeed been there for a long time.
So the dentist said that she MIGHT have to do a root canal when she gets in there. That is fine (tooth has not had a root canal) and I don't care about the crown at all. My worry is that these heroics will fail during the appointment and it will need extraction. It is a visible tooth. The dentist did NOT mention "if" or "implant." I have had many crowns and have an implant bridge. It isn't the end of the world but I really want to avoid this. THanks for the help--must appreciated.

Southsider170 01-21-2020 01:18 PM

Re: Lucky Me/large amount of decay under crown
 
[QUOTE=runnergirlkelly;5500209]Good Morning, everyone!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I was awake all night with worry and would love to hear from others.
Although I have checkups every six months, I switched dentists and had my first appointment yesterday. They discovered a LARGE cavity under a crowned molar (near the front). Yes, I had noticed the black margin lines but really thought it was part of gum recession. It has indeed been there for a long time.
So the dentist said that she MIGHT have to do a root canal when she gets in there. That is fine (tooth has not had a root canal) and I don't care about the crown at all. My worry is that these heroics will fail during the appointment and it will need extraction. It is a visible tooth. The dentist did NOT mention "if" or "implant." I have had many crowns and have an implant bridge. It isn't the end of the world but I really want to avoid this. THanks for the help--must appreciated.[/QUOTE]

Molars have 2 roots instead of just 1, as a results its a lengthier and more challenging and expensive procedure to do a root canal on one. Many general dentists refer those cases out to the endodontist colleagues. Putting a new crown on your tooth depends on how much natural tooth you have. But even if don't , dentists can often do a "crown lengthening" procedure, and peel away some of your gums.


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