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Horizontal Cracks and Dead Tooth- Front teeth

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Posted by: Polaufsh  (10 years ago)
I just went to the dentist and was informed that one front tooth is dead and completely calcified through the root. In addition, the dentist saw two small horizontal cracks on the back of my front teeth. About 2.5 years ago I was hit in the mouth by the top of a bottle and it made a very small chip on one of the front teeth (the one that is not dead), and I had that fixed. I do not have any pain and the dentist notice some discoloration of the dead tooth but I didn't really notice it. What can be done? Will these horizontal cracks cause problems? I was told that it was too late to do a root canal on the front tooth that was dead because it is calcified. Is just leaving this dead tooth alone going to cause problems?
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I just went to the dentist and was informed that one front tooth is dead and completely calcified through the root. In addition, the dentist saw two small horizontal cracks on the back of my front teeth. About 2.5 years ago I was hit in the mouth by the top of a bottle and it made a very small chip on one of the front teeth (the one that is not dead), and I had that fixed. I do not have any pain and the dentist notice some discoloration of the dead tooth but I didn't really notice it. What can be done? Will these horizontal cracks cause problems? I was told that it was too late to do a root canal on the front tooth that was dead because it is calcified. Is just leaving this dead tooth alone going to cause problems?

Not much you can do except hope and pray. A lot of times, nothing happens. You can have a bleaching tray and put bleach just in the slot over the dark tooth. Maybe it will equalize the color.

Despite having a calcified root, sometimes there is enough dead tissue inside the root to cause an abscess. Like I said, all you can do is wait and pray.
Posted 10 years ago
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I would recommend getting a referral to an endodontist to attempt root canal treatment. Endodontists are frequently able to treat teeth that general dentists shy away from. If it is possible to get a root canal done, then the door is open to bleach the tooth from the inside, which has a better chance of improving the color than normal tooth whitening from the outer surface of the tooth.
Richard from www.dental-health-advice.com
Posted 10 years ago
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Posted by: SkyAngel  (9 years ago)
I have a question. I currently have a dead tooth in the lower front. First Dentist (the tooth was still white) noticed infection while pulling the adjacent tooth, he wanted to pull it, I had to decline(my dental insurance wasn't in effect yet). It slowly turned gray. Asked the second dentist and was told why pull it? Why do you want to do anything? The tooth slowly started to turn gray. Next visit-second dentist-After examination and X-rays, she didn't even mention it. Recently, it turned much grayer faster, and then it started to actually corrode from the inner, back section of the tooth. It is getting worse. Next appt. second Dentist-Had teeth cleaned. She measured the pockets in preparation for next appt. (scaling and planing); Then the Scaling and planing every 3 months. She HAD to see it, she measured the front and back pockets of the tooth and the one beside it. There is no tooth on the other side. It seems clearly visible, however she did not mention it. I have a print out of all the work I need to have done and pricing, no work is planned on the that tooth at all. She also doesn't extract teeth because she doesn't like to. Two years ago she referred me to the first dentist for extractions, then back to her to fit in a bridge. Do I need a third opinion from a dentist before having her do any more work done or what?
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