Thanks for that, I will ask him about that and if he insists it has to come out I am going to get a second opinion! I've got a temporary filling in place so hopefully that might last for some time and I won't have to worry about it straight away.
Ive had extensive dental work and the dentist always was able to save the tooth even if cracked in half. They grind it down to below the gum line, drill a hole and put a post in. The crown is attached to the post. I cant believe your tooth is cracked all the way down to the root below your gum level.
talk to the dentist again as you dont want to loose teeth if possible. Once its out its out and the only real option is a implant other than a bridge.
Thanks for your advice! I think I will most likely just have it out once the temporary filling is no longer sufficient and see how I get on without it! My first reaction was, "I couldn't possibly do with a missing tooth!", but when you talk to people you find out that many have been getting on fine without several molars for some time, like yourself. So I am definitely encouraged by that, thanks!
I'm 63 and have been without 2 molars for more years than I can remember and have had no issues. You DO get used to it and it doesn't interfere with eating or anything else. Except for the two molars, I still have all my teeth and they are very healthy except for one. It has a filling and is cracked but my dentist says "why do anything until it causes you a problem?" That was about 7 years ago and it still has not given me any problems. My husband has temporary fillings that have been in for years. Once you have it extracted if you are unhappy (don't think you will be) you can start to save for an implant. Having a tooth extracted does not hurt nor do the shots to numb the area. I don't like bridges because as we age our gums tend to recede which allows food and bacteria to get under the bridge and cause decay, then we have a new and bigger problem. I would get it extracted and if you're not happy start saving for the implant, but I really think you'll be fine without it. Take care.
Hi, thanks! The tooth is severely cracked. The crack goes all the way through the tooth, my tooth is essentially split in two! The dentist said that because of this an individual crown is impossible. Does that seem right to you?
Hi and welcome. I would never have a molar extracted, only as a absolute last resort. Once its out its out. Why would you have this taken out when they can do a root canal and make an individual crown?