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.