I had my molar extracted. It was intense and took 45 min. He had to break it in pieces and use a lot of force. He said I bled a lot, so he sewed me up. The visit before be spoke of doing a collagen filler to maintain bone height. It didn't seem like he did one, because he didn't seem to be doing anything more after he extracted it. The area seems to be healing fine, except 1) it seems to be sunken in on the side closest to the cheek and dips down in the middle. I called my insurance and they said it was only billed for an extraction and X-ray:( I will be devistated to have to re open this area to do a grafting that I thought was done! 2) I was worried about a tooth fragment bc on the top of the gum, off to the side a bit, it protrudes out and looks whitish from it pressing on the gum. The nurse said a fragment would hurt, this really does not. I read it could be the bone. If it is in fact bone, is it safe to leave it be until the 18th when I have my cleaning set up? I had an appt for mon that I cancers because I'm so traumatized, I don't want him poking the area while its still closing over and healing!
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Hello! My 2nd to last lower left molar needs to be extracted due to a failed root canal last year. The broken tooth has been like this for a good year or so now. It has been slightly bothering me lately, so I went to see my dentist on Monday. He said it does not look infected, just inflammed. It does look slightly irritaed around it, kinda swollen around it, but nothing of a serious swelling or drastic. I am heading out of town on vacation on Thursday, so I am going to have him look at it one more time before I go. I am too nervous to have it pulled 3 days before I go on vacation, I am terrified of having a dry socket develop while I am away. He said if it continues to swell or becomes infected, I would start antibiotics and then have it pulled.
If by chance it starts to get infected while I am on vacation, and I start the antibiotics, will the meds help heal it until I get it pulled on 6/3 or wold it be recommended to have it pulled a certain amount of days after having the antibiotics started?
Another question I have is it is not visible sight, therefore I was not having any plans to replace it with a implant. He said the two teeth on the sides of it are virgin teeth, so he recommends a bone grafting until I get an implant. 1) If I get a grafting and I choose never to replace it, is that OK? 2) I am really uncomfortable with using a human bone grafting, kinda freaks me out with diseases and all, are there ever issues/complications due to this?
I had my first two fillings today, and also some sealants put on. I am not sure if the sealant was the same thing used as the fillings, but I had 4 of those put on in places were tiny holes were forming, to prevent cavaties.
I try to use as much natural products in my own, and for myself, so after smelling the strong odor that came from the filling/sealant (white filling), I researched what is in it..and now scared because it said that BPA has been found in saliva from using this white filling. I know there was worry for metal fillings and mercury, now there are concerns for BPA (cancer causing agent), in the dental products used. The dentist did quickly wipe my teeth down, but I did not get the gargle with water until about 5 min or so after he finished (as he was discussing a possible tooth pull). Am I at risk now for the work that I had done today? Are BPA free one's used at all? If so, can I find out from the dentist what product was used, to know my risk. Not much I can do about it now, but I seriously wasn't worried that this would have been the case....I just trusted it was safe, if used regularly.View Thread
Hello! I had developed an infection under my molar that had previously had a root canal done on it. This caused the tooth to decay, and the cap to fall off. I have had only fragments of the molar left for a year now.I was planning to get it removed once flu season is over. I have a tiny bit of tooth on one side and the other had a slight piece of a tooth, the rest is in the gum. I have been gargling with warm salt water daily. I bit on it the other day (I never chew on that side),and noticed that the tooth sunk a bit into the gum and now the one side that had a tiny piece of a tooth, is into the gum, the other side is the same. It's not hurting me. Is that possible? Also, seeing as this is the bottom first molar, what can I expect bleeding wise? My dentist doesn't want to stitch it, and I am terrified of it getting a dry socket, and having this large hole (food gets in there as it is). I can't afford a replacement tooth, so I plan to just let it heal over. Is it possible for it to be stitched? My wisdom teeth were all stitched up. Thank youView Thread
I had a cap fall off in March due to a failed RC. I can not afford a replacement, so I have decided to leave to damaged tooth as is. It is the reminents to a toot canal, exposed. It seems to be chipping away slowly, as it seems to be getting closer to the gum on one side. I am nervous to pull it bevause it is a molar. I have a heart arrythmia, so I am very nervous of a reaction from being put under/novicane. It seems red by one spot of the gum. I have been garggling with warm salt water, i brush the tooth as well. Would it be obvious if it were starting to develop an abcess? Its kind of uncomfortable around it at times.is it true that an absess could cause fatalities in people? Any signs or stmptoms I should be aware of?
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thank you! I actually had my appt today with a new dentist!! He seemed very nice They took an xray and said that the tooth was not infected (my question too- I had a digital xray in Nov, again in Jan, and today) is all of this radiation in such a short period dangerous?? He said I have to very tiny cavaties on my left bottom teeth. And two deeper ones on my top left. (My first cavaties at 34:) He said that the tooth is not infected *(although the hygenist said my gums were red and inflamed (could that explain why it looks like my tooth is getting smaller intot he gum?)- his plan of action is for me to come back 7/19 I go again, for a sealant to the tiny one's on the right. The next visit I will be doing the novicane on the left one's as he wants to clean them out before he fills them, and then the third visit he wants to do the extraction. He said I could do it all at once, but he feels it would be better for me to wean into it all. Do you think that sounds right to suggest? He did suggest doing to saving the bone in the event that I want to come back in a few years for a replacement, instead of needing a bone graft done the road, or not having the option at all. Is it safe in your opinion to let the tooth just sit there until possibly end of July, early Aug, at my last visit for the extraction?View Thread
Hello! I posted a few weeks back about a failed RCT, that the cap fell off, and the dentist wants me to extract/implant. I can't afford the implant for a few years. The dentist told me a few weeks ago I can go about 6 months with the cap off, before I can extract. Today it has started to bother me in the area. I have some tooth on one side, and very little on the other, more gum on the other side. THe gum part closest to the tooth next to it seems red. I am not sure if food hit into it, but I am forever cleaning out the best I can because food falls into the hole I have of what is left. I can't afford to get in to have it extracted right now, nor do I have time as I don't have a sitter and my husband cant get off work, so I have to kind of deal with it for atleast a week. During this time, if infected, can this be life threatning? I don't see any bumps or swelling, just red in the back. Is it ok to go some time withouth it being extracted. My sister had this happen 10 yrs ago, and has left it with whatever tooth is left. I had heard that an infection in the gum can spread to the brain, and can be fatal, is this true? That of course worries me...View Thread
Thank you so much for the info!!! I cancelled the extraction because I was scheduled Monday, and didn't know if I would feel well for work the next day. I do plan to go soon. I will definitely ask about the flipper!! Thank you! Can the space be sewn up after removal??View Thread