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Ruined root canaled

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Posted by: 2tiredofpain  (9 years ago)
Hello everyone,

I had a root canal done and my tooth was prepared for a crown. When the crown was put in, it felt so tight. When the dentist asked me to bite down, I felt something snapped on the tooth. I told him about it, he took x-ray but he saw nothing wrong.

For the next few days, the pain was very intense. My jaw began to swell as well. The crown seemed shorter than my other teeth.

After two weeks, I went back to the dentist to report about the pain and the appearance of the crown. He took x-ray again and this time, he saw a crack all the way to the root. He said the tooth has to go. Has anyone else had similar experience? I think I got the crack when they fitted the crown in. What should I do? Please help! I spent so much for this tooth for nothing.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Wow, sounds like your dentist completely botched that one up. I'm sorry you are in a painful mess. You obviously have the cracked tooth syndrome now. Short of an x-ray and a technical description of the type of your tooth-root fracture, I would suggest you ask your dentist if a post and core option is available. Aside from that (and since a RCT is obviously ruled out), an extraction is the only logical solution left.

Regarding offsetting the costs, I'm assuming your dentist is aware of his shoddy work, so you guys could work something out.



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Dentist
Hello everyone,

I had a root canal done and my tooth was prepared for a crown. When the crown was put in, it felt so tight. When the dentist asked me to bite down, I felt something snapped on the tooth. I told him about it, he took x-ray but he saw nothing wrong.

For the next few days, the pain was very intense. My jaw began to swell as well. The crown seemed shorter than my other teeth.

After two weeks, I went back to the dentist to report about the pain and the appearance of the crown. He took x-ray again and this time, he saw a crack all the way to the root. He said the tooth has to go. Has anyone else had similar experience? I think I got the crack when they fitted the crown in. What should I do? Please help! I spent so much for this tooth for nothing.


Tough luck. My sympathy. I hate it when patients who really care about their teeth lose one through no fault of their own. It was a rare occurance. In 31 years of practice, I have not had that happen exactly that way. Usually if a fracture occurs, it occurs much later.

Your focus should be to make an implant possible after extraction. Be sure to have a bone preservation graft when it is extracted. About 4 months later, an implant can be placed.

Kim Henry, DMD
www.KimHenryDental.com
Posted 9 years ago
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