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Broken Post

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Posted by: rockrider  (9 years ago)

About five years ago, I had a root canal and a crown on a top molar. Two weeks ago, I heard a cracking sound while I was eating. The pain was horrible. Now, the crowned tooth had become loose; it can be moved side to side and up and down. Is it possible that the post broke through the bone? Today, I noticed swelling at the top of the gum above the tooth. I was wondering if a tooth with a broken post is still savable or not. Any ideas? I would be very thankful for your responses.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello Rockrider,
I am sorry to hear about the discomfort you experienced. Chances are whatever tooth structure and post that was holding the crown either broke due to occlusal forces or from decay that went on under the crown.

In order to determine whether the tooth can still be saved a radiograph must be taken and crown removed to see what we have left. The swelling your are seeing is a sign of acute infection and your body is reactive by creating an inflammatory response against the bacteria.

Please make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible before you run into more obstacles with the tooth. I hope this helps. Best of luck and please let us know of your diagnosis.