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Lawrenceville, GA
A 28-year-old female asked:

Dentist took old filling, she told me save tooth but then cavity beyond gum swollen and put temporary filling. what is going to happen?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: What will or should happen next will depend on the extent of the decay or cavity in the tooth. If the decay is close to the pulp or nerve of the tooth, you may have to have a root canal to save the tooth or have the tooth removed if root canal therapy is not an option. If you remain asymptomatic and the decay is not close to the nerve, then the temporary can be removed and the tooth restored.
Dr. Randall Stastny
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Extraction: It sounds like you will need an extraction of the tooth. You might be able to save it with a root canal and crown, but if too much of the tooth is gone from decay then it will need extracted. You can then replace it with an implant and crown or have a bridge made.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
IDK: Your own dentist can evaluate and discuss treatment options. You can always go to another dentist for a second opinion to confirm best option.

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