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Getting crowns after a long period of neglect, how does the X-ray look?

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Hello everyone.
I long neglected my teeth, and at some point, teeth 2 and 15 broke independently of each other. I didn't seek treatment out of embarrassment, but late last year I got a cold that just magnified any pain that was there so I finally got to a dentist. The first dentist I saw recommended pulling them, but I got a second opinion from a dentist that encouraged me to save them, with root canals and crowns. First I went in for tooth 2, and the dentist said that he couldn't see any signs of abscessing so he decided to just do a crown with no root canal. After I got the temp crown, for a brief time it felt like any pain in 2 disappeared, and it became more specific to tooth 3. The dentist ended up replacing an old amalgam filling in 3 at the same time as putting the permanent crown on 2. That was about 4 weeks ago, and while I'd say a lot of pain as subsided, (before the filling if I chewed directly on 3 I would get a sudden rush of pain and need to take ibuprofen) sometimes something still feels a little "off", like there's a dull nagging feeling, that maybe doesn't even qualify as pain (but sometimes it does border of painful as well), and sometimes it's hard to tell if it's actually tooth 2 or 3.

And then last week I got the temp crown on tooth 15. Again the dentist felt like there was no abscessing and the cavity wasn't at the nerve, so decided to just do a crown. It still gets rather painful sometimes but I'm hoping it subsides over time.

In the back of my mind I'm just constantly wondering whether I should've gotten root canals (or if 3 also needs a rct/crown), but also hoping to god it doesn't come to that since I'd probably be set back financially several months.
(this X-ray was taken by the oral surgeon when I was scheduled to get 2/15 pulled, before any crowns and before the filling on 3)

Any help is appreciated
 

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You can't diagnose anything useful from a panoral x-ray, sorry.
You'd get much better answers from the dentist who is doing the crowns. Did they take more films before doing the crowns? Do you have copies of those?
 
You can't diagnose anything useful from a panoral x-ray, sorry.
You'd get much better answers from the dentist who is doing the crowns. Did they take more films before doing the crowns? Do you have copies of those?
I see, thanks for the response. Luckily I do have some more, I just thought the panorama would be supreme;D I think the first is 15, and the last three are 2/3 before and after the crown. I included
 

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Much more useful, thanks.
They look OK on those films. The crown is well away from the pulp chamber.
It might be worth getting the dentist to check the bite again on the crown, they can sometimes need a little bit of fine adjustment after they're placed, it would give some mild grumbling symptoms if the bite was a little off. No 3 looks fine, again well away from the pulp chamber.
 
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