I'm in my 40s and I've never had problems with my wisdom teeth, which are all in, until I had a small cavity filled in my upper right wisdom tooth about two months ago. Since then, I have had pain from the tooth, especially when I chew anything, and the filling--which the dentist looked at twice after I had it done--is not too high. The pain now is still there when I bite down but is much less than the first two weeks, which were agonizing and hurt the entire right side of my jaw.
The dentist thinks the tooth may have been cracked when filled and referred me to an endodontist, but I am unsure whether I really need a root canal.
What are other potential options and would they be done by a regular dentist? I guess I'm wondering about 91) extractions of the top and bottom molar versus a crown versus (2) a crown versus (3) a root canal (plus crown?).
I've never had any of these procedures before so I'm somewhat in the dark about where to go next. I'm not in so much pain that I couldn't see a couple of people before deciding what to do.
Thank you for your time and suggestions.