Wisdom tooth - Help!

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  1. Bobbywig

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    A few years back the filling came of this tooth, and needed a root canal, got that sorted, then a while later the tooth snapped in two places. The gums around it are really sore and tender. What's wrong with it? Is it infected....?

    Please no nasty comments . Thank you.

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    Bobbywig, when is the last time you had a dental exam? I think you're talking about the last molar as the wisdom tooth is not filled. If you have a root canal you should ideally have the tooth crowned as the treatment makes the enamel more brittle ( so more likely to crack and break).

    If it breaks then it's down to luck whether you can save the tooth. Depends on how deep that break goes. You should see a dentist in the real world and if you have problems after seeing a dentist then post x rays here. You also need a hygienist appointment. It's really important to look after your gums with regular hygiene if you have swelling or redness. Do you floss? Do you have a good diet. smoke?
     
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    If you have a root filling on a molar, it becomes more structurally weakened than a standard filling. It is nearly always suggested that you have a crown placed to prevent fractures like this. If there is a crack, then most likely it will be deep and the tooth will be unsalvageable.
     
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    It was a few years back.
    I didn't have any money to go for the crown at the time but I was told to get one. But since then the tooth's cracked and broken in 2 places. Exposing the filling / root canal

    I brush and stuff. Just started using Corsadyl mouthwash, I usually use whitening ones ect. The gums not swollen but it's tender round the sides. My diets not the best. I don't smoke though.

    I've always had problems with my teeth
     
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    Yeah it's cracked and broken in two places now. I was told to get a crown but couldn't afford it. i was also told it was dead but I can feel things. Is it worth getting it removed? And getting a bridge fitted?
     
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    Do you floss?

    You should see a dentist to find out what options you have. It's pretty important to get it looked at otherwise you could end up with an infection on surrounding teeth.
     
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    It is probably essential to have it removed because usually the cracks are very deep, and it is only a matter of time before you develop a gum infection. at least go and get an Xray and opinion. It won't affect the adjacent teeth.
     
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    Infections can spread to the jaw and even the brain if ignored.
     
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    Exceedingly unlikely in this case at this stage. And that's what the OP needs to know, not some remote possibility.
     
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    Yeah definitely. Need to get a new dentist. Do you think it's best to get it removed and get a bridge fitted. ??
     
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    I would see how you feel if you have it removed. You might feel it's ok to just leave a gap. If you have a bridge you have to crown the other teeth. Plus you have to keep it & the crowns really clean with hygiene appointments. The other risk is that the surrounding teeth may not be strong enough. Particularly as one is a wisdom tooth. If you don't want to spend too much you could always just get a plate for eating. Lots of people around the world use removable plates for eating etc. At least that way you don't have to drill into the surrounding teeth.
     
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    Yeah I Defo don't wanna spend too much.
    But I don't think I'd like gap. I'll look into get a plate! Didn't know they'd have to drill into other teeth?!?
     
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    To do a fixed bridge you have the surrounding teeth crowned. That's why it's so expensive. Given your history and financial situation a plate would be a good option, if you can get used to it. It's not like you fix a bridge and it's forever. The hygiene appointments & maintenance aside, it will need to be replaced after so many years. They do the hard sell with bridges and implants but plates are used successfully by many on a budget. They do put pressure on surrounding teeth and tissue but it's like any prosthetic. Never the same as nature.
     
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    Ain't bridges the same price as a crown ? £270 round about??
    I don't think I'd wear a plate tbf
     
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    1. You certainly won't bother with a plate (denture) for a single molar tooth; you'll simply throw it in the bottom drawer because you'll hate it; plus there are technical issues which would make it unlikely to be a good idea.
    2. Given that your adjacent teeth look relatively healthy, then a bridge is not a good choice either because it would be too risky as opposed to the possible benefits.
    3. Nowadays it would be best to put an implant, or nothing at all.
     
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