1. The complexity of the extraction procedure which can lead to more trauma in the surrounding area and hence more resulting pain and extended healing time.
2. Food build-up in the socket
3. A remnant of a root tip or loose bone chip (something that naturally can occur in all cases of extractions) may be working its way up and needs to be removed or,
4. The occurence of a dry socket - a condition which needs to be treated immediately but not life threatening.
In order to rule out which of these exist, though, I would suggest you return to the doctor that removed your tooth so that he/she can properly evaluate . They will do this by taking an X-ray of the area and directly looking into the extraction site and the surrounding area.
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
1. In the case of a tooth colored composite restoration:
a. it may be that during the placement of the filling, saliva and/or blood entered the tooth thus not allowing the materials to bond with the tooth
b. there wasn't any retention made on the tooth to help it stick and stay in or
c. the materials used by the dentists have exceeded their shelf life and so there can be no bonding to hold the filling in.
2. If this is an amalgam filling :
a. once again, retention here is key. When placing an amalgam restoration, you literally have to create retention by drilling out more tooth in a way that the filling can stay put or,
b. The filling was too big to adequately restore the tooth in which case you will need a different restoration ie. full crown, etc.
1. A composite has a finite "lasting power" and eventually it too may chip away so you will need to replace it or fix it, and
2. A composite restoration will stain over time depending on the foods or drinks you consume.
multiple cavities may also lead to bad breath. If it's not an oral issue, it may be stemming from your stomach. Before conducting medical tests, though, I would make an appointment with your dentist to evaluate your periodontal condition by conducting a thorough medical history, a complete periodontal exam, a cavity check and take current X-rays if you haven't had them for awhile. By doing so, the dentist can conclude if in fact the bad breath is stemming from an oral issue or you need to be referred to a specialist for further work up. Good luck.
1. Don't replace at all, however doing this may eventually lead to the other teeth shifting and other dental issues to arise.
2. Have a removable partial denture made to replace the missing tooth. As its name suggests, this will need to be removed and cleaned.
3. Make a permanent bridge to replace the missing tooth. While this is a permanent solution, you do have to prepare the other 2 teeth on either side to anchor the missing tooth.
4. Replace the missing tooth with a single implant. While many people think implants are expensive, their value lies in the fact that you don't touch any of your natural teeth so you minimize the risk of replacing a bridge should decay occur in the connecting teeth.
I hope stating these options help you make a decision. Of course, the final decision should be made after consulting with your own dentist so that he/she can evaluate your mouth, gums, bone levels, etc., since these may also determine the treatment course of action you choose.
1. Your teeth are shifting and the teeth can’t come together properly leading to a traumatic bite that leads to your teeth chipping.
2. You have been grinding your teeth to the point that it’s causing them to become weaker and so more prone to chip, weakening them. Either way, you should see a dentist so that they can properly evaluate your bite so that they can prescribe the appropriate treatment for your specific situation.