A few years ago, before I had a fully functioning adult brain, I broke a back tooth. I was too poor and too interested in having fun to do anything about it. Eventually, I decided I should at least check on it and found that half of it was missing. It didn’t hurt (and I was still poor) so I decided to leave well enough alone. Fast forward a year and the rest of the visible part broke off. There was still the underneath part (I think it’s called the root). Again, no pain so no worries. Recently, though, it has started hurting fiercly. When I look at it, I can see a hole. Is this something I should worry about or will it resolve itself.?
You have an infected tooth. Under normal circumstances, a dentist should try to save a tooth with a root canal treatment. Unfortunately, because of the state of this tooth, that will not be possible. Your only solution at this point is to have the remainder of the tooth extracted.
You won’t want to leave an empty place there, however. Even adult teeth are in motion and the adjacent teeth will begin to shift and tip into the empty space. This can throw off your bite, which can lead to a lifetime of pain and TMJ Disorder. In order to prevent the teeth from shifting, you will need to fill that spot in.
The best tooth replacement is a dental implant. You can see an example of one in the picture above. It surgically places a tooth root. Then, when the bone has integrated with the implant, a dental crown is placed. This is completely secure and the closest thing to having a healthy natural tooth in that space again.
Whatever you do, please don’t put off treatment. Your jaw is very close to your brain, heart, and lungs. If a tooth infection is not dealt with in a timely matter, and it continues to spread, it could infect one of those major organs.This is one of the reasons tooth infections are considered dental emergencies.
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