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Chipped molar with yellow / light brown discoloration and ti

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Posted by: dianetavegia  (4 years ago)
I had to use a 'new' dentist due to insurance this August and had a cleaning and checkup with 18 x rays. The visit took four hours (lousy management) AFTER I was in the chair.

Dentist said no cavities and I showed her the pin head sized dots on two teeth up front. They're on the back middle and side not near the gumline. She was totally unconcerned and said cleaning won't remove them and no one else can see them so forget about them.

I'm a good brusher and will check my teeth occasionally with a mirror to make sure there is not gunk left after brushing and flossing. Today I did that and noticed a yellow spot on my last molar sort of on the side right next to where the tooth meets up with a very expensive gold filled porcelain crown. It appears to be two small chips in that spot and closer inspection looks more light brown than yellow.

I'm a super dental phobic and have lost 3 teeth (extractions when they cracked at gum line) after chemo 6 plus years ago.

Could this degree of damage and possible cavity form in 3 months?

I am concerned about the pin head sized dots since those teeth are on the back of #4 and side of #5. If those teeth were lost, I'd be super traumatized.

We no longer have dental insurance and I'm going to call for an appointment to have the molar checked as soon as possible but would appreciate thoughts on all of the above.

I'm 65 and have had bad teeth my whole life yet have worked so hard to keep them healthy! (no soda, no hard candy, no hard chips, no ice chewing).

Diane
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I had to use a 'new' dentist due to insurance this August and had a cleaning and checkup with 18 x rays. The visit took four hours (lousy management) AFTER I was in the chair.

Dentist said no cavities and I showed her the pin head sized dots on two teeth up front. They're on the back middle and side not near the gumline. She was totally unconcerned and said cleaning won't remove them and no one else can see them so forget about them.

I'm a good brusher and will check my teeth occasionally with a mirror to make sure there is not gunk left after brushing and flossing. Today I did that and noticed a yellow spot on my last molar sort of on the side right next to where the tooth meets up with a very expensive gold filled porcelain crown. It appears to be two small chips in that spot and closer inspection looks more light brown than yellow.

I'm a super dental phobic and have lost 3 teeth (extractions when they cracked at gum line) after chemo 6 plus years ago.

Could this degree of damage and possible cavity form in 3 months?

I am concerned about the pin head sized dots since those teeth are on the back of #4 and side of #5. If those teeth were lost, I'd be super traumatized.

We no longer have dental insurance and I'm going to call for an appointment to have the molar checked as soon as possible but would appreciate thoughts on all of the above.

I'm 65 and have had bad teeth my whole life yet have worked so hard to keep them healthy! (no soda, no hard candy, no hard chips, no ice chewing).

Diane


It is kind of hard to follow where the teeth are you are talking about. The tooth behind #4 is an upper 1st molar. I am not sure how a good can be on the "side" of #5, which is a first premolar. You are saying a molar has the same pin sized dots as your front teeth?

Such dots are often small enamel defects that stain with age. They need not be restored.

It is really hard to tell what you are talking about without a high resolution photo or examining you myself. Thus I cannot comment on your crowned molar.

Now that you no longer have dental insurance, you are free to pick a dentist who is competent and spends a lot of time with you. Please use wisely. A good question to ask a prospective dentist is whether he still does amalgams and gold onlays, and whether he routinely uses rubber dams for filings If yes to all questions, you have a winner. If not, better choose another dentist.
Posted 4 years ago
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Posted by: dianetavegia  (4 years ago)
Thank you for replying. I got in to see the dentist we'd used prior to lousy insurance and she smoothed the tiny chip on the back molar after xrays and other investigations showed it was only surface deep and of no concern. The discoloration was just stains.

The tiny dots are where the tooth colored fillings in those two teeth meet the teeth and were also tiny stains. I'm due for a cleaning in about 2 months. Thank you for taking the time to answer!
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