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Confused about which tooth is hurting

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Posted by: bluewater  (9 years ago)
Hello there,

I went to the dentist with a mild toothache for about a week ago. I assumed the pain must be from my second molar since I had it filled last year and even though there is no visible swelling, I felt the pain from there. The dentist asked if I want a root canal or just an extraction. I went for the extraction. After four days, I noticed a cavity in the wisdom tooth beside the extraction site and I felt pain again. Could this be the tooth which was painful when I first visited the dentist? It was hidden away by the extracted tooth. Do you think we extracted the wrong tooth? If I'll have this one extracted again, will there be no any problem if I have two gaps together?

Thank you very much for your answers.

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Posted by: openplace  (9 years ago)
Hi Bluewater,

It is possible that both the teeth have deep cavities. You can ask your dentist if he can save the tooth. If you opt for the extraction, get dentures to fill in the gaps.
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Posted by: mytooth  (9 years ago)
You can request your dentist to have an X-ray on the aching tooth to see the extent of the decay. He will then know from there if the tooth can be saved or not. Extraction should be the last remedy, though.