Should I visit my dentist sooner than my appointment?

by Tony
(Los Angeles CA US)

I had a root canal done 5 days ago and my dentist gave me a temporary filling. About two days ago the filling cracked, and now about 80% of my filling is gone. I'm afraid that I might have some pain later on. Is there a possibility of my tooth getting infected again?
I have my next appointment in 3 days. Is there anything I can do to prevent any bad situation that might come later on?
Should I visit my dentist sooner than my appointment?

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Broken Tooth
by: Sharon B., RDH

Hi Tony,

If your filling cracked after having a root canal, then the tooth has no more living nerve tissue and will not feel pain if something happens. Unfortunately teeth cannot hold large fillings that make up the majority of the crown structure, so that is why crowns (caps) are needed. You can try being extremely, extremely careful to not bite down on anything and make it until your dental appointment, but if it were me I would call them immediately and have another temporary filling placed on it before the crown can be placed. All it takes is one wrong bite and a tooth like what you're describing can fracture off so low to the gumline that there will not be enough tooth left to put a crown on.

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