I have a hole up an upper molar tooth. I looked at a tooth chart online, and it is tooth #13, a second premolar. The tooth smells worse than it hurts, but I wonder if I can fill it or pull it. I have a lot of anxiety about medical and dental appointments. Even though I can expect some pain, it’s easier for me to do it myself than have someone else invading my mouth. Is the hole a cavity I can fill with something from the drugstore, or will I need to pull it? Thank you. Marv
Thank you for contacting Dr. Brooksher’s office. He would need to examine and x-ray your tooth to determine the cause of the hole and recommend treatment.
Can You Fill a Hole in Your Tooth?
You should not attempt to fill a hole in your tooth. Your efforts will be temporary and may make the tooth worse. Also, if the tooth has a foul odor, it may be infected even if you do not feel pain.
Drugstore-bought fillings are temporary. Even if you try to fill your tooth with filling material sold in drugstores, it will temporarily fix your tooth.
Tooth decay may be the reason for a hole in your tooth. Without removing the infection, it can spread to other teeth or your bone.
Filling a savable tooth is better than removing it. Although filling your tooth won’t work, pulling creates more concerns. You may damage other teeth while pulling the one with a hole. Removing the tooth will cause nearby teeth to shift. Misalignment issues affect your smile and digestion. In the future, you may need braces to correct the misalignment.
How Can You Save a Tooth with a Hole in It?
A dentist can use root canal treatment to save a tooth with a hole. A gentle dentist can explain sedation options to help you relax during the procedure. You will not feel anything throughout treatment, including the numbing injections.
What happens during root canal treatment?
A dentist will remove the decay and any infection and sanitize it. Afterward, the dentist will fill the tooth with a dental filler material. You may need a dental crown or a composite filling to protect the tooth.
We recommend looking for a gentle dentist who offers sedation. The dentist will explain what to expect from your treatment options. You can start with an exam, which will be comfortable and painless.
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