A Crown in Time Saves a Root Canal? - Seattle, WA

At a routine cleaning and check-up my dentist...

At a routine cleaning and check-up my dentist noted some probable decay in the rear-most molar on the bottom left. He also mentioned that the size, shape, and expansion characteristics of the filling probably meant it acted as a wedge/maul and over time created a small crack in the tooth. At the time of this writing it wasn't clear whether the crack existed.

He recommended removing the old filling and repairing/restoring it with a crown. There was some "hopefully you won't need a root canal" discussion as well. The dentist said it would take about 2 hours, assuming all goes smoothly..."no big deal, it is a good movie" (he has an entertainment system) 

All things considered, the whole situation stinks. It promises to be somewhat painful and expensive. I am not looking forward to it at all and have been complaining to everyone I know. It isn't the dentist, it is the situation. 

I'll let you all know how it goes.

Ty Etheridge, DDS

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How did it go? My husband has something like this going on and I'd love to know how it went!
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A crown in time can save further damage, pain , discomfort, tooth loss, root canal, etc. If you trust your dentist, I would proceed as advised. Sadly, most crowns I do are more difficult because the tooth has already broken, has pain, may need a root canal, etc. I always try to stress prevention - it will always be an easier process and more affordable over time. "A stitch in time saves nine".
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Ugh, sorry to hear. It sounds like you are really dreading it. Hopefully they will keep you nice and numb and you won't experience much discomfort. When is your appointment?

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