For the last 6 months I have had pain/sensitivity in two of my molars, one on top of the other. One has a crown the other has a very large filling. Starting last night my jaw started hurting, I have a headache, and now my other teeth are becoming sensitive, even my front teeth, never had problems with my front teeth before. So I am wondering can decay spread from tooth to tooth like that? How my teeth got in this condition is a long story, but I will try to be both brief and informative. in 1997 I was in a car accident, I was asleep when we hit a parked car on the freeway at full speed, my husband fell asleep driving and swirved and the car was abandoned. I was jerked from my seat and bit hard, breaking most of my back teeth. I had extensive dental work done to fix them. I didn't have problems with them again until 8 years later. By that time my gums receded and I no longer had dental insurance, nor money. I started getting cavities that started at the gumline even on teeth with crowns. I have only been able to treat those cavities sporadically when I can afford it. As a result I had two teeth pulled because it was either that or root canal and extraction was cheaper. Well that has caused even more problems because now my teeth are shifting badly, affecting my bite and damaging my dental work. I am in some pain, worried that I might lose all my teeth and I am only 34. What would you advise me to do? I have DSHS insurance, but got a letter saying they no longer cover dental and medical is for emergency only due to cut backs. Not sure what to do. Thank you for taking the time to address my concerns. Sincerely, Corie Ann Moon

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 15 - March - 2011, at 20:05 PM

  • It looks like that presently the problem is with your upper molar as you say that lower is crowned, so the pain can be in the lower but not the sensitivity as that tooth must be root canal treated before crowning. As far the pain in anterior teeth, it is because when one tooth is infected the referred pain is there in the other teeth but that does not mean that they are also decayed. For this you have to go to a dentist, who after xray will diagnose the extent of decay and decide the treatment plan. It seems that the tooth is infected and will need Root Canal Treatment along with crown. Now as you donot have insurance, you can look for some dental school in your area as these provide dental treatment at cheap rates or even free sometimes. You also keep tab for charity clinics oragnised by various dental groups in your area. For more info on this you can read this article.....

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