Trying to identify what came off tooth?

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    SW14

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    Hello,

    A little background: I have a tooth in my mouth (front, bottom) that is pushed behind all my other teeth. It has been like this for year, and up until now it has caused me no problems with eatting, and no pain.

    The last few days I noticed I was suffering from some intense pain in the area this tooth is located in. Upon further inspection I noticed there seemed to be a crack at the 'bottom' of the tooth where it protrudes from my gums (from being pushed so far back behind my other teeth). I, of course, realise I need to see a dentist, and made a note to try and find one, now that I (as of 2 days ago) officially have dental insurance again (I have not been able to see a dentist since 2010).

    This morning, the piece of tooth I noticed was cracked finally came off. I had figured it would cause more pain, but instead the piece being off has actually brought relief from the pain? There was no blood, and as far as I can see there does not seen to be a hole or anything concerning where the piece came off? The piece also looked very strange and bulky to me, and does nit look like any part of a tooth I have ever seen.

    I do (of course) still plan to find a dentist to have this looked at, but until I am able to, I was curious if anyone else could try to identify what this thing might be? Could it be a piece of tooth, or something else? Thank you in advance for any help!

    (Note: I tried my best to take a few pictures of the tooth itself, but could not get a clear enough picture of the back of the tooth)
     

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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    Calculus, also known as tartar. You need a good cleaning. If you're not in a position to get braces, ask the dentist or an orthodontist about whether that tooth needs saving. Either way, I think you'd benefit from spending money at a periodontist to pull those gums back into order.
     
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