I went to an emergency dentist because of pain in a bottom tooth. He did an x-ray and said the tooth could be cracked, but he’s not sure. He decided to crown it to be safe and He provided a crown that day, which was really nice. But, now it’s a few days later and the tooth next to it is turning gray. Did the dentist do something to damage it?
When your tooth is turning gray, it’s a sign that the tooth is dying or already dead. Something damaged the tooth. While it’s possible that your emergency dentist damaged it during your procedure, for that kind of trauma to happen, you should have felt something significant during the appointment. There is more likely a different cause.
Possibility One—It Was Already Damaged
It’s often happens that a tooth faces some trauma, but signs of trouble don’t show up right away. If the pulp received damage and the blood supply was cut off, it doesn’t always give a visible indication for a few days. That is just one of the reasons we recommend getting your teeth checked after any trauma in order to be proactive.
Because this tooth is dead or in the process of dying, you’ll need to get a root canal treatment done. It will continue to harbor bacteria until you receive treatment, which means you’re at risk for an infection blowing up leading to another emergency dental appointment.
Possibility Two—It Was the Tooth Hurting the Entire Time
Pain can refer to other areas. While we think one part of our body is hurting, it’s actually pain from another part of her body and it’s radiating over to your other tooth. If that’s the case you have a possible misdiagnosis. That would mean your previous crown was unnecessary. The only way to know that with certainty is to have another dentist look at your x-rays and tell you if it was obvious what was really wrong with your tooth.
Unless it was obvious, I wouldn’t be too hard on the dentist. He was trying to do his best for you and get you out of pain. Some dentists would have just told you they didn’t see anything definitive and left you in pain, while still charging you for the priviledge of the appointment.
Possibility Three—You Hit the Adjacent Tooth Later
This is a long shot, but is always possible. Maybe your first tooth was cracked and then later something damaged the adjacent tooth.
Finding a Regular Dentist
I’m assuming you needed to visit an unfamiliar emergency dentist because you don’t have a regular dentist. That often happens when people have some dental anxiety which keeps them from the dentist. If you’re in that position, I’d love for you to try getting care from a sedation dentist. This will completely relax you during your visit. In fact, many patients completely sleep through their whole procedure. You don’t have to sleep, but can if you want to.
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