I clench my teeth and because of that I believe I cracked a tooth. So went to the dentist to get it fixed, because even biting down on the smallest crumb would cause a sharp pain. So I got a crown, but it still hurt. The dentist said that's normal and it would go away. However after a week or so I realized he crowed the wrong tooth! So I'm back where I started, but several hundred dollars poorer. I can't go back to him to work it out because, that next week after having the crown done I moved to a new state. So I can't afford a new crown and I want to just have it pulled, because it's in the back and no one will notice it. But I am concerned about my front teeth shifting. Is that almost guaranteed to happen? If so, what cheap (cheaper than another crown) way is there to stop teeth from shifting?

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  • dr ritz

    dr ritz 31 - August - 2011, at 22:45 PM

  • Shane, Teeth have a tendency to move toward the missing tooth space. For example, If you get your 1st molar removed and don't get it replaced, then the second molar will have tendency to move in the missing tooth area and the teeth in the front of missing molar, that is the bicuspids will also move in missing tooth space. The movement of teeth can further lead to various gum problems and gum infections so it is always advised to save the tooth if possible and if the tooth has to be removed, then its important to get the missing tooth replaced by implants or the fixed bridges. The teeth will not shift if the third molar is removed. Your dentist is right. Extraction of last upper left molar can't cause protrusion of front teeth. Still if you are apprehensive about it, then you can consult your orthodontist.

  • Shane

    Shane 29 - August - 2011, at 21:11 PM

  • I had the last top left molar extracted 18 months ago. The dentist had ignored my complaints about pain over 12 months and now admits to being negligent and missing the problem on the xray. He has agreed to cover the cost of an implant, however, now I think my left front tooth and the one to the left of it, is now protruding outward. My dentist says that is impossible. Can you elaborate more on your post of 7/30/11 relation to the front teeth and advise if I should see an orthodoninist. I do not have xrays or dental moulds of the upper jaw from before the extraction to prove this movement.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 30 - July - 2011, at 20:01 PM

  • It depends upon which molar you are getting pulled out.if it is the third molar then there is no problem of shifting the front teeth. But if it is the first molar and the second molar then there are the chances of getting the front teeth shifted. The easiest way is to save the tooth but if you do not want that then you can go for the replacement of the tooth but that is again is very expensive. So it is advisable to get the tooth crowned and save it. For more info on dental crowns you can visit the following link.... http://www.identalhub.com/article_types-of-dental-crowns-268.aspx

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