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Tooth Crack

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Posted by: gymchic97  (8 years ago)
I have a vertical crack in my tooth. My dentist says I need a root canal.
I this the only option?
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I have a vertical crack in my tooth. My dentist says I need a root canal.
I this the only option?


Half the time a cracked tooth can be fixed by a crown. The other half of the time a root canal is required, and then a crown. 10% of the teeth cracked teeth cannot be saved, and have to be extracted. Usually in these cases, one finds a deep pocket with bone loss beside the crack.

Cracks don't show up on x-rays, so one never knows how deep they are. so the sequence of treatment is usually:

1. Do a temporary crown for several weeks. If no pain, proceed with a permanent crown, but perhaps cement it temporarily.

2. If the above doesn't work, start a root canal and do a temporary crown. If this works, finish the root canal and do a permanent crown.

3. If the above doesn't relieve pain, extract the tooth, graft, and place implant.
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