My tooth is turning gray after my dentist hit it while removing the tooth next to it (second molar). I got the extraction in July. At the time, my dentist said the tooth looked okay. I saw my dentist two weeks ago because the tooth was darkening. He said that the tooth was dying and probably needed a root canal. I hope the tooth is bruised and will recover. Yesterday, I saw a specialist who said he would recommend a root canal using something called GentleWave, which is more comfortable than the standard treatment. I told him that I would think about it before scheduling the procedure. Why do I need a root canal? How long can I wait to see if the tooth color improves? Thanks, Kandis
How Long Can You Delay a Root Canal?
A root canal is the only way to treat a dying or dead tooth. You should not delay it because your tooth’s condition will worsen. The diseased pulp tissue inside the tooth will not go away without root canal treatment. The GentleWave® technology that the endodontist recommends has good reviews in dental publications. If you get prompt treatment, the infection will stop, and you will not need an extraction and dental implant.
Still, we are concerned about your tooth injury. Your dentist is for the damage to the tooth and treatment to save the tooth. Also, your dentist says you probably need root canal treatment. A tooth that experienced trauma and is turning gray needs treatment. An X-ray would confirm the tooth’s condition. We hope your dentist is not unsure whether you need a root canal.
We do not know the details of your incident, If you are unsure about your dentist’s or the endodontist’s recommendation, please get a second opinion from a dentist with advanced root canal training or an endodontist.
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