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Question:
I was advised about 2.5 years ago that my upper right tooth (about 4/5 in) needed a filling. I didn't return to get this, and now I have tooth ache in that area. I'm worried that I may have to lose the tooth, so could you put my mind at rest and let me know the likelyhood of having to have this procedure (removal) - how severe does it have to be, and how likely is my severity, and if I do have to have it removed, what the available options are to improve the cosmetic appearance? ...Visitor from Leeds, England

Answer:
I would suggest that you get to the dentist soon so he can relieve your pain and hopefully save the tooth. He may need to do a root canal treatment now and a build up and crown to restore the tooth. Hopefully you will not lose it but if you do then you may need to replace the tooth with an implant or a fixed bridge since it is close to the front.

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