Years ago, I had an accident which fractured some teeth. They received both root canals and dental crowns. As years past, my smile started to show it’s age. I decided to get a smile makeover after my last promotion. I went to see a highly recommended cosmetic dentist in my area. She did a combination of dental crowns and porcelain veneers. I love how it looks and am much more confident. My problem now is with tooth #9. It’s been sensitive ever since and there is a pimple on the tooth next to it. My cosmetic dentist thinks that the tooth needs to be extracted and to have a dental implant placed. I’m also getting a root canal treatment on the adjacent tooth. I’m attaching the x-ray to see if you think the tooth really needs to be extracted. I just had the restoration done and it seems like a waste of money to remove the tooth. I’ll also send a picture of the new smile in case you need it.
I am in agreement with your cosmetic dentist. Looking at the circled tooth, in the middle of the root there is a horizontal radiolucent line. This is an old fracture that was either missed by your old dentist who worked on your teeth after the accident or he thought he could get out all the necrotic tissue and save the tooth.
Below the fracture looks healthy. However, above it the tooth looks moth-eaten. That tells me there is probably an infection there. Removing the tooth, will be the safest thing to do. A dental implant is a fantastic replacement so your dentist was right about that too.
Looking at the images you shared of your smile makeover, the dentist you choose was skilled. I’d stick with her for the dental implant as well. However, she should have caught the fracture and infection.
Because she didn’t, it isn’t unreasonable to expect some flexibility in how this is paid for. Originally, had it been properly diagnosed at the beginning, you would have paid for an implant and a crown. I’m going to suggest you ask to pay for the implant, but not the new dental crown to go on top of it because you just paid to have one placed. I don’t think she’ll have a problem with that.
From your x-ray, I have noticed one other issue. It looks like another tooth that had a root canal treatment, didn’t get done properly. You see the tooth on the left has filling material that stops a few millimeters short of the end of the root. I wouldn’t do anything about it unless it flares up. For now, the tooth itself looks healthy.
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