Hi Doc, I'm 70 years old. My upper right 2nd molar has decayed down to the gum. This has caused the third (back) molar to offset the occlusion and has caused a lot of traumatic-occlusion (type pain) over the past year. Yep! I was too chicken and too broke to see a dentist, so I lived with the pain. (No abscess = no real problem, except biting down). I just ate soft foods and avoided chewing in that area. NOW THE UNUSUAL PART . . . Last night . . . the strangest thing I've ever heard of! The 3rd (back) molar (not the 2nd), a perfectly good (not decayed) tooth . . . just FELL OUT as I slept. I found it on the bed this morning. It came out by the (three?) roots and all, as if it had been pulled. I'M FEARING A DRY-SOCKET AND WANT YOUR OPINION . . . There was no bleeding at all! I can feel the hole with my tongue. There is currently no pain over the site. The remaining 2nd molar still hurts some in a traumatic-occlusive sort of way under pressure, but there isn't any pain around where the third (last) molar was. Should I worry? I live on $441 social security with very little other income. I do not have insurance to cover expensive dental care. I am smart! I know to be very wary . . . but I hope to survive this entire ordeal on my own . . . without cost, if at all possible. What should I do to protect against a situation that could be painfully beyond my current knowledge? Should I worry? (Y/N) Have you ever heard of this happening? I've known for some time that (at least) least the two upper-right back molars needed to go . . . but I never expected them to do their own extraction. Any opinions you have will be very welcome. Thanks in advance. Bill Powelson

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  • Bill Powelson

    Bill Powelson 18 - January - 2012, at 02:37 AM

  • Thanks very much. Your reply is extremely helpful.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 18 - January - 2012, at 02:25 AM

  • Tooth can become loose and fall because of gum infection present in that area. In case of severe gum infection, attachment loss and bone loss occurs and tooth becomes mobile and fall. Bleeding does occur after the tooth falls and the site may cause some pain. After tooth is removed or extracted, hematoma formation occurs and blood clot forms. Dry socket occurs when blood clot is dislodged or it gets dissolved and is a painful condition. You can visit your dentist for evaluation. Your dentist can check that whether whole tooth is removed or some part of tooth is still left inside. If your second molar is grossly decayed and can’t be restored, then you can get it extracted and replaced. Infection can spread from grossly decayed tooth to soft tissue and bone and other teeth. By the time, you visit your dentist, avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth too much and don’t smoke or drink anything with straw. For more info on tooth extraction aftercare, refer to……    http://www.identalhub.com/article_do%27s-and-don%27ts-after-tooth-extraction-153.aspx

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