I had my first tooth filling a few weeks ago. I’m in my early 20s. After about two weeks I started having serious pain when biting down. I talked to my dentist and she thought it sounded like I have a crack in my tooth. She opened it back up and had a look around. She just re-filled it when she is done. I wonder if I should have had her do amalgam instead of composite fillings because she said it was pretty deep? Anyway, there was a crack in it and she sealed up the tooth with a filling. She said if it gets any worse she’ll have to do a root canal. I am terrified of getting a root canal. What do you recommend?
Sandy, J. from Ohio
I’m a little skeptical about your dentist. If you tooth is cracked to the point of pain, your tooth should have had a porcelain crown placed on it instead of just re-filling it. I’m quite surprised she didn’t. On the upside, you should have no regrets about the type of filling she place. You are better off with a composite filling than an amalgam filling. Composite fillings strengthen the tooth, while amalgam fillings weaken the tooth. They certainly wouldn’t hold up with a deep cavity.
Unfortunately, without a crown, that tooth is not going last. Chances are pretty good that your tooth is going to break. If it doesn’t need a root canal treatment now, it certainly will then. When the time does come for you to get a root canal, I recommend you see a different dentist. See if you have an endodontist in your area.
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