I was experiencing little pain when chewing / biting on that side that prompted a visit to dentist. I was sent by my dentist to an Endodontics for evaluation for a lower right second molar tooth (#31), as she believed it may need root canal to save tooth. There was also pimple-like bump that showed on the buccal side of gum on said tooth.
The Endodontics said there was deep vertical defect/crack on distal aspect of tooth observed on radiography and bone loss; and recommended extraction for implant or partial denture versus root canal. The vitality test conducted was normal response. I am attaching the x-rays taken. It was not specified how deep the crack was, if beyond the gum line.
Currently, there is no pain when chewing on this tooth after my regular dentist advised me to not chew on that side for awhile. I also popped the pimple-like bump on gum and gum seemed normal for about a week, then flared up again with pimple-like bump today after lunch.
Can this tooth be saved with a crown? Or can the crack be bonded/sealed? Or will a visit to a periodontist help resolve the pimple-like bump that seems to resurface after a few days when tooth is used for chewing? Though, there were ocassions the gum looked normal even after chewing on said tooth. Am not on any antibiotic, other than prescribed to gargle with peridex mouthwash.
Thank you for any input.