Half a tooth missing, lost filling, what to expect?


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My plastic filling got loose a few days ago and fell out yesterday. In the past this tooth was drilled and filled two times, 4 and 1 years ago. I don't drink, smoke or take any meds, but I do like sugary food. Now I completely cut down on everything sweet, but I still feel really bad about this, like having a time bomb in my mouth. I went to get an appointment at a completely new dentist. They asked me if it hurts, I said not much, so I got the appointment in two weeks' time without further questions. Just by the looks, how serious is this? Should I not look for a more urgent appointment? Also, can you tell me what to expect? I would very much prefer to keep the tooth alive, is it possible to fill this once more without a root canal?
 

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honestdoc

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It's hard without x-rays to view internally. I'm suspecting you may need a root canal or very close. You may also need a crown (very expensive). Unfortunately sugar can cause a lot of damage as you know. Keep calling for cancellations or find a more available dentist.
 

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If the tooth has no pain or it only has pain when exposed to air/cold/hot and lasts for seconds but does not linger, most of the case it is fine. But if you want a more precise diagnosis you will need to have a thorough examination and further tests (including radiographs) to determine whether the tooth is vital or not. This should be treated as soon as possible but is not a dental emergency.
 
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Thank you, both of you, for your replies. This is relatively good news, so my tooth might still get a chance. When exposed to too much hot/cold I do feel pain that does not linger. I have decided to keep staying away from sugary food and try looking for another dentist too, however since I haven't had any serious pain yet, and even a slight pain that was present for the entire previous year after eating anything sour/sugary like apples or chocolate, I guess the former filling was not sealing perfectly and now my tooth gets some relief. I would not mind having a crown if it is done well, I even consider a gold crown if that's possible. Will try to share the results. Have a great day or night!
 

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