I went to an emergency dentist because of a toothache. I described the pain to him. He did an x-ray and couldn’t see anything. But, he said based on what I said I need a crown for a cracked tooth. He even agreed to do it right then, which at the time I thought was awesome. Now, though, the tooth next to the one he crowned is turning gray. Did he do unnecessary work to cheat me? Or did he damage the tooth somehow?
I can give you some possibilities of what happened, but without examing you or seeing the x-rays there is no way to be certain. I don’t want you to take this as a certain diagnosis.
An Incredible Coincidence
This isn’t likely, but as it’s always a possibility I thought I’d mention it to be fair to your emergency dentist. It could be that you did have a cracked tooth and then at a later date you hit the adjacent tooth. It would actually be an unlikely scenario but weirder things have happened.
This is a more likely scenario. It’s possible that both teeth were injured at the same time but the adjacent tooth just now started showing symptoms. A graying tooth usually means the tooth is dead or dying. This will need a root canal treatment and likely a dental crown as well.
It’s possible the dentist diagnosed the wrong tooth. The only way to tell that would be to have another dentist look at the x-rays. If it turns out the proper diagnosis was obvious and he placed a dental crown on the wrong tooth, you can get a refund and put that money toward the correct treatment.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
I will say right off that some dental emergencies cannot be avoided. An unexpected injury, which is no fault of yours, can happen to anyone. That’s not the type of emergency I’m referring to. Most dental emergencies, though, are avoidable.
For instance, people put off going to the dentist. Then they get a cavity. They still put off the dentist. Then they get a dental infection. There’s only so long you can put it off then because of the pain an abscess will cause.
Most of the time avoiding the dentist is caused because of dental anxiety. We want you to know if that is you, we have a solution and you can get treatment without pain, judgment, or lectures.
We’ve found that patients who are afraid of the dentist do very well with sedation dentistry. In fact, it often changes their life. They find going to the dentist is no longer something which terrifies and they’re able to get their dental work caught up.
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