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FAQ:  Cracked Tooth

I recently went to the dentist about some swelling in my lower gum. To me it feels like a knot. It is below a crown a had put in about a year and a half ago over a tooth that I had a root canal on several years ago that started to chip and the filling came out of it.

Anyway, my dentist referred me to an Endodontist. They say my tooth is cracked and probably can't be saved. My tooth itself doesn't really hurt just some soreness in the knot on my gum underneath it. My dentist also gave me penicilin to take.

What are my options? They suggested having it removed. I don't want a hole there even though it is the #19 tooth. Also how long do I have before it causes more damage?

I think you should follow the advice of your professionals before things get worse and you end up with a large infection.

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