I broke a molar off about a year ago. The bone is still under my gum. It didn’t bother me, so I didn’t do anything about it. Last week, though, it really started hurting. Is there a danger of infection?
Your tooth is infected. That is why you’re having the pain. It is very important you get the rest of that tooth out. Don’t put this off. Though it is rare, with your jawbone so close to your brain, you don’t want the infection to spread.
While you are getting it taken care of, have your dentist look at the rest of your teeth. Your molar probably broke off because of a cavity that was not dealt with. You may not have even known it was there. That is one of the reasons dentists do x-rays.
If you take care of a cavity right away, the cost is minimal compared to what it is when you let it go. If you do it in the beginning, you may only need a small white filling. If you wait you’ll need a porcelain crown and possibly a root canal. When you wait as long as you did with your molar, you’ll now need an extraction and replacement tooth, such as dental implants. Depending on where an extracted tooth is located, the other teeth will tend to drift, which leads to TMJ.
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