Do I need to do anything about the tooth that just fell out?
December 28, 2012 8:05 PM Subscribe
I had a root canal on a tooth a couple years ago, and never got a crown on it. Most of the rest of the tooth just fell out. Do I need to do anything about it?
posted by webmutant to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There are still small pieces of the tooth left, but not much. I'm not in any pain, but the gum feels tender, unsurprisingly.
I just told a friend of mine about it, and she tells me that she has a couple of teeth that are in a similar situation, and her dentists don't seem to be worried about them. She says that since I had a root canal, the tooth is already dead, and the gum has already started to heal under it; she says that I'm at a slight risk of a surface infection, but not of a serious infection like a living broken tooth can get.
Is she right? I'd like to avoid going to the dentist, if possible, because a.) I'm kinda terrified of dentists, and b.) I'm living off my savings right now, and I'm uninsured, so I can't really afford one.
Thanks in advance. Please be gentle if you think I'm being an idiot; I'm pretty freaked out at the moment.