I'm almost 39, and apparently now clench/grind my teeth at night, which is why I broke off half of a porcelain crown a couple of months ago, and why I just cracked another tooth completely in half. Which brings me to my question :-)
As background, that tooth had a very deep cavity that had been infected back in June. I took antibiotics and then had it filled, complete with pulp cap if that helps. It continued to be tender and feel weirdly tight, though, until about two or three weeks later when it suddenly just "popped". The pain instantly went away, leaving me with a funky taste in my mouth and a sharp edge on my tooth. I saw the dentist who'd filled it, and he said it was severely cracked but could be salvaged. He wants to remove one half and then crown it, although if it broke off at the root during extraction he would need to pull it entirely.
However, my new dentist (I was in the process of changing when this happened) says that he only sees a crack this bad every three or four years, and it can't be saved at all. He also said I have a deep, chronic, long term infection and a deep drainage hole in the tooth. He wants to refer me to an oral surgeon to have the tooth extracted, and since the two molars surrounding it are virgin teeth, to do some bone preservation so I can get an implant instead of a bridge.
So, what to do. I'd like to keep my tooth, but I also don't really trust my former dentist. From this info, do you think it can be saved? Or does it warrant a third in-person opinion? Thanks!