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A 43-year-old male asked about a 19-year-old female:

X-ray of tooth (upper right second premolar) shows chipped off wall and exposed tooth root. is root canal the only option? it was earlier filled due to cavities and has never hurt. dentist thinks the tooth is dead. can't a filling help ?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Dental Restoration: A dental filling is indicated when there is sound tooth structure to support it. If an entire wall has broken off it's time for a crown. If the tooth is non-vital, it's time for root canal therapy AND the crown. The alternative is to extract the tooth.

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Last updated Nov 16, 2019

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