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Should my cracked filling have been removed first?

i had a back bottom tooth extracted but it cracked the filling in tooth next to it, my dentist just covered it with more filling, I’m wondering if this is normal as i keep reading that a cracked filling should be taken out and a new filling put in. I don’t know how big the crack was but someone said this is not acceptable as he seems to have just done this to save time and money and i don’t know what to do. I am suffering from dry socket due to the extraction so i have pain and i wouldn’t know if its the dry socket causing pain or if i have pain in the tooth.
Thanks.

It does sound as if you may have a dry socket , and if this is causing you enough pain then you should ring and ask for a review appointment . At that time ask your dentist about the tooth next to it and see what he says .
Its not unknown for a tooth that is already heavily filled , next door to a tough extraction to break in this way .
However instead of speculating on the dentists motive for just repairing it , ( and that’s the best thing to do on the day of the extraction ) ask them what should be done for the future of the tooth. A repair may well be Ok for now .
Hope this helps
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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