I am not sure what is going on. First, I had a toothache. I didn’t know what was going on so I went to someone who called himself an emergency dentist. He did some tests and an x-ray. He said he couldn’t see anything wrong with it, but thought it was cracked based on what I described. He did provide a crown, but it never felt better. Now the tooth next to it seems gray. Is something seriously wrong with my mouth? I’ve had two serious problems so close together. I know I usually avoid the dentist. Have I ruined my teeth?
Let’s start with the gray tooth. When a tooth is gray, that is an indication the tooth is either dead or dying. In order to treat it, you will need a root canal treatment. That doesn’t mean something is seriously wrong with your mouth. There are a few possibilities for these two incidents.
First, the teeth could have been injured at the same time. Maybe you bit down on something hard. One tooth cracked, while the other was damaged and died slowly over time. It happens.
Second, the emergency dentist could have misdiagnosed you. The gray tooth could have been the problem the whole time. Teeth often refer pain to a nearby tooth, sometimes it can refer throughout an entire arch. The only way to know if it was a misdiagnosis is to have the x-rays looked at by another dentist. If it was, you can get a refund on the crown.
You could likely get that second opinion while having your gray tooth attended too.
A third, but unlikely, possibility is the adjacent tooth was injured at a different time.
Avoiding the Emergency Dentist
I have some great news for you. If your mouth were ruined, It’s likely the emergency dentist you saw would have mentioned you needed extensive work.
However, you don’t want to continue to depend on luck and have to go to unfamiliar dentists when something goes wrong. You mentioned you don’t like going to the dentist. Often that is the case when someone has had a bad experience with a dentist in the past.
I want you to know there are gentle dentists out there. They are patient and will make sure you have a positive experience. This way you can get your oral health secure and never have to go to an unknown dentist again because of an emergency.
This blog is brought to you by Fountain Valley Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.