A 34-year-old female asked:
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i was told i might have a cracked root i had a root canal done like 6 months ago dose this mean it will have to be pulled?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: If the root is cracked, the support mechanism for the tooth as a whole is compromised. Root canal or not, if the fracture travels in a manner that makes the tooth unrestorable, it will need to be extracted.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Root Fractures: Root fractures in almost all cases eventually lead to the loss of the tooth and it is better to remove the tooth and replace it rather than waiting for periodontal breakdown and unnecessary loss of bone. Sorry.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Robert Mokbel
41 years experience Dentistry
May be: You have to ask the question to your dentist. It is hard to tell without getting all the facts and evaluating the tooth visually. You may end up by loosing the tooth but in some cases it can be saved depending on the location and the extent of the crack.
Answered on Dec 14, 2016
Dr. George Hanna
15 years experience Dentistry
If pain persist: root fracture is common with teeth and you will have pain on biting or continued pain. if your having persistant pain, get an xray. your dentist need to do more tests, if your dentist want to send you to an Endodontist to check it further. would be good idea.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
It is possible: Tooth become brittle after root canal treatment. If the tooth is not adequately restored with a filing, cap or crown the remaining tooth structure will be very prone to crack with the result that the entire tooth may have to be extracted.
Answered on Dec 14, 2016
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
18 years experience Dentistry
Maybe: A vertical root fracture of a tooth often decreases the probability of saving a tooth. However, these have to be evaluated on a case by case basis so I would consult with your dentist or endodontist.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Probably: Probably. You will eventually have unacceptable tooth pain that will necessitate extraction
Answered on Dec 16, 2016

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