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Pivot tooth
In prosthodontics, Pivot tooth is the commonly used term for a tooth, which has been restored with the help of a pivot in an extreme case of tooth decay due to cavities. If the tooth has decayed to a large extent then the affixing of a dental crown is no longer possible. In such cases, if the root is still in good condition, then the base for a crown can be re-created by a good root canal, inserting a root pivot and subsequent stump reconstruction. Pivot construction largely depends on a good root canal and subsequent good oral hygiene. Often in cases of bad dental hygiene, the tooth decays beneath the affixed dental crown and the patient comes to know of the same only when he/ she experience starts feeling pain and bad breath. Usually by then, it is too late to save the tooth and even a root reconstruction becomes inevitable. If the decayed tooth has some root left, first pivot construction takes place and a pivot tooth is formed, which will form the basis of the dental bridge. The price of a pivot tooth and pivot crown is definitely more than a regular dental crown because of the additional procedure involved. To know more about pivot tooth, pivot crown, stump reconstruction, root reconstruction and pivot construction, please watch the video.
Produced: 03/2011