Post # 1
I need advice from the bees with dental experience… i know there are some!
Snacking on some popcorn tonight and I broke my tooth! I have a filling in a top molar and when I crunched down on a not-quite-popped piece the outer shell of the tooth broke and now the sharp edge and filling material are exposed from the side.
My question is: do you think I’ll have to have a root canal for this or will they be able to patch it or something? I am obviously going to call my dentist ASAP in the morning.
Post # 3
They usually only need to do root canals if your root is damaged or infected, they should be able to fix this with a crown or something, but they may need to grind your tooth down a bit first.
Post # 4
They will probably just patch it. Pretty easy fix! (hopefully lol)
Post # 5
I don’t think it involves the root. there’s no real pain (yet) and it’s a new filling (6 months or so?) so I don’t think it’s infected or anything. Fingers crossed!
Post # 6
It sounds like you just need the filling replaced.
Sometimes if you break off the filling and part of your tooth (especially with deep fillings on molars), then a crown or a root canal is needed depending on how much tooth has broken off.
Post # 7
Hi! I ended up needing a crown. I broke off the front corner of my #2 molar (second from back on top right), exposing the filling. I have a temporary crown right now and I am getting the permanent one in a couple of weeks. It’ll be a while before I eat popcorn again!