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Root canal tooth pulled broken at gumline, what is the proper procedure?

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Dr. Brian Dyess
37 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Surgical extraction: When a tooth is fractured at the gumline, there is nothing for a dentist to hold on to remove it. Very common after a root canal because the tooth becomes more brittle after the removal of its' nerve. To extract this tooth, we must take a drill and section the tooth into pieces.This gives us a purchase point to hold the pieces and then remove them. Healing is just as quick as a regular extraction.
Answered on Nov 16, 2019

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