I went to an emergency dentist because of pain in my tooth. He did an x-ray, but didn’t find anything. He did, however, say that based on my symptoms the tooth likely has a crack. He did a crown and said that should take care of it. If it didn’t, I’d need a root canal. It’s been a few weeks and it still hurts, at first I was worried I’d need a root canal. Now, I’m concerned he damaged a tooth next to the one he repaired. The adjacent tooth has turned gray. I’m worried I’m going to lose my tooth. What do I do?
Jennifer L. – Kentucky
A graying tooth means the tooth is either dead or dying. There are three possibilities here that spring to mind.
First, there could be two separate incidents which affected two adjacent teeth. Not very likely, but it is within the realm of (slim) possibility.
Second, is the adjacent tooth was actually the one with the damage and it was only referring pain to the tooth you had crowned. That would mean a possible misdiagnosis.
Third, it could be that both teeth were injured at the same time. The graying tooth may just have shown symptoms more slowly. This is the most likely cause. However, if you suspect a misdiagnosis you could always have another dentist look at the x-rays. If the problem was obvious, you could get a refund.
With the other tooth dying, you’re definitely going to need a root canal. Don’t put this off. It can lead to bigger problems.
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