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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I am told that a certain tooth root is fractured. I feel no pain. Does this always mean an extraction?

Consult your DDS: In some cases, extracting the tooth or broken root makes the most sense. Only your dentist can decide if the tooth needs to be extracted or may be saved. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my plate for 4yrs, just found out after havin a top tooth out was [email protected] broke of crown id this y I had infections? X

I have had pain in my plate for 4yrs, just found out after havin a top tooth out was fractured@root broke of crown id this y I had infections? X

Not sure of your?: But it sounds like you are asking if the fractured root caused infections? That depends upon where the infections were. It's hard to answer questions such as these over the internet without a clinical exam and x-rays. If in other places in your body? Extremely unlikely! If in other places in your mouth? No. If locally around that tooth? Possibly. ...Read more

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Had a tooth top that was fractured four 4yrs extracted last wk the roots wer causing infection al that time now havin root taken out 4yrs in pain grrr?

Had a tooth top that was fractured four 4yrs extracted last wk the roots wer causing infection al that time now havin root taken out 4yrs in pain grrr?

Tooth: Not sure what you are asking however it is important to have the entire tooth removed and any infected tissue in the tooth socket removed so that excellent bone healing will occur. ...Read more

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My top tooth got fractured at the crown and the roots werestuck in my palate. I got it extracted as I was in a lot of pain. Can you confirm if this was the pain I have had?

My top tooth got fractured at the crown and the roots werestuck in my palate. I got it extracted as I was in a lot of pain. Can you confirm if this was the pain I have had?

No, we can't: What you describe seems plausible and not uncommon. The dentist who has been treating you is the one and only one who can properly answer your questions. Have you asked? ...Read more

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Part 2, 3d scan shows no cracks on root canal tooth but still v painful to touch, what could problem be if not fractured. Thanks?

Part 2, 3d scan shows no cracks on root canal tooth but still v painful to touch, what could problem be if not fractured. Thanks?

Accessory Canal (s): There may be a minute canal that is still filled with necrotic nerve tissue. This most likely will not show up on the scan or radiographs, but may be causing inflammation at the root tip. ...Read more

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33yr male w pars fractures on both sides of l5, pain from L5 root nerve, facet injections and epi did not help, how do I know if I need surgery? High pain

33yr male w pars fractures on both sides of l5, pain from L5 root nerve, facet injections and epi did not help, how do I know if I need surgery? High pain

See below: Failure of conservative treatment is an indication for surgery. If you cannot live with the pain or have weakness, surgical options would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Are teeth weaker or looser after having a root resection performed? A root of one of my teeth is fractured, and I've been told I'm going to need a root resection. If one of the roots of a tooth is removed, will that tooth then be weaker from that point on

Are teeth weaker or looser after having a root resection performed? A root of one of my teeth is fractured, and I've been told I'm going to need a root resection. If one of the roots of a tooth is removed, will that tooth then be weaker from that point on

I: I presume you are talking about trying to save a molar, probably an upper molar.

When the structure or support for part of the roots of a tooth threatens the entire tooth, it is sometime possible to section a root away and save the remaining roots. This is not an ideal scenario, but the technique has worked for a long time and when the tooth is carefully maintained and not under a heavy biting force it can work well.

Root resection reduces the bone support for the tooth and yes it can make the tooth feel loose, but if you want to keep your tooth a little longer it is worth it.

A more common treatment these days would be to remove the tooth a replace it with an implant.
Dr neil mcleod dds
dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read more

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Respectfully, why does it seem that the there is typically the diagnosis of a root fracture prior to extraction? Someone seems to be guessing?

Diagnosis: Is based on x-ray evaluation and direct examination. Common causes would be infection, , trauma or periodontal disease. ...Read more

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I have had a fractured tooth and I just had a root canal. Prior to the root canal, I could smell something similar to ammonia for a day or so. Related?

It is normal: It sounds like you are tasting/smelling root canal medication and it is perfectly normal. Once the root canal treatment is completed, you will need to see your general dentist to have a final crown or filling placed on the tooth. ...Read more

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I had a root canal performed a month ago. I can not touch that tooth at all. Is this a fracture? What is the next step/

I had a root canal performed a month ago. I can not touch that tooth at all. Is this a fracture? What is the next step/

Several things: First you should go back to the dentist who performed the rct to have it reevaluated. Several possibilities exist.
There may be a fracture in the tooth.
The occlusion may have to be adjusted.
If a crown was placed there may be a problem
the rct may have to be redone if it was not done properly.
There may be a large cyst or abscess at the tip of the root in which case you may need an apicoectomy. ...Read more

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Ali had a tooth removed 3 days ago after the tooth fractured from a root canal. I still have pain in my gums and jaw. Is that normal?

Ali had a tooth removed 3 days ago after the tooth fractured from a root canal. I still have pain in my gums and jaw. Is that normal?

Yes: You can expect to have some post operative pain for 7-10 days post an ext. But the pain should be manageable first few days with meds that control moderate levels of pain, tylenol (acetaminophen) #3, but after the third day, over the counter meds like extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) 500mg should be enough. If after a week, you are still having pain, or if the pain is severe, see your dentist for a possible dry socket. ...Read more

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Had a partial root canal thursday, discovered vertical root fracture, was not completed. Lot of pain vicodin not helping. How long should I be in pain?

Had a partial root canal thursday, discovered vertical root fracture, was not completed. Lot of pain vicodin not helping. How long should I be in pain?

Vertical fractures: Vertical root fractures resemble what a splinter does. It tracts bacterial down the split and causes the tissue to fester and be painful. Anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers help. But the cure is to remove the tooth. Period. Stay off it till that happens. ...Read more

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My crown has come loose on my front tooth, I went to an emergency dentist and he took X-ray of tooth. Says post is ok but could be root canal fracture?

My crown has come loose on my front tooth, I went to an emergency dentist and he took X-ray of tooth. Says post is ok but could be root canal fracture?

Not sure: What your question is. Yes there could be a tooth fracture which would require extraction in most cases. The question would then be how to replace it. Best solution usually would be a dental implant or fixed bridge depending on the dental conditions of the rest of your mouth. Hopefully you have the time to discuss all options with your regular dentist. ...Read more

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Cause of nerve pain flossing around a root canaled/temp tooth? Have no infection/fracture. Never had pain prior to the crown/root canal procedures.

Cause of nerve pain flossing around a root canaled/temp tooth? Have no infection/fracture. Never had pain prior to the crown/root canal procedures.

See your dentist: The gum tissue around the temp is inflamed and infected. See your dentist for temporary crown adjustment. ...Read more

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Tooth #3 vertical root fracture Partial root canal 3 days ago tooth & jaw are still in a lot of pain. Can’t eat Is this normal? Waiting 4 extraction

Root Fractures: Root Fractures cause pain, especially to pressure. If there is an infection or even inflammation, there can be pain even if no pressure is applied to the tooth. You can take some OTC pain medication such as one of the NSAID's meanwhile. If necessary perhaps schedule the extraction sooner. ...Read more

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Just got a root-canal tooth extracted due to a fracture (which led to a severe infection). When is the soonest I can get an implant in?

Just got a root-canal tooth extracted due to a fracture (which led to a severe infection). When is the soonest I can get an implant in?

A few months: The bone needs to fill in the defect and the infection needs to clear up completely. This can take anywhere from three to six months, depending on the defect and infection. ...Read more

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Had two teeth extracted, upper wisdom & lower molar w/ root fracture, infection present. On amox. 500 mg x3 a day. How long until I'll feel better?

Had two teeth extracted, upper wisdom & lower molar w/ root fracture, infection present. On amox. 500 mg x3 a day. How long until I'll feel better?

Be patient: Swelling and other symptoms should subside almost entirely within 2-3 weeks after surgical, multiple tooth extraction. Take NSAIDs OTC for inflammation and pain control and continue amoxicillin as prescribed. ...Read more

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I had a difficult lower molar extraction 1 week ago - roots fused to the bone. Severe pain feels like a bone fracture. Could I have a cracked jaw?

Ouch!: I expect you've informed the dentist (or will ASAP) - that's the best person to evaluate your healing and it's part of the responsibility of the extraction. Ask your questions while there and see it through until you are confident and satisfied. Dental work can be stressful in so many ways - treat yourself well through this time. Good diet, rest, leisure, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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1 week ago, had tooth extraction&bone graft for root fracture. Took zpac before&after. Still THROBBING from area to ear but no other symptoms? Normal?

1 week ago, had tooth extraction&bone graft for root fracture. Took zpac before&after. Still THROBBING from area to ear but no other symptoms? Normal?

Recovery: You had surgery. May take longer than a week to recover. Should, however, be feeling a little better every day. If that's not what you are experiencing, or if you would like to be seen for a follow-up visit, please call your Surgeon, the practitioner that knows you best. They may want to see you to evaluate healing, change meds, etc. ...Read more

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Is the word fractured a medical term?

Is the word fractured a medical term?

Yes and no: It is used in orthopedic to dsecripe the status of the bone.
A bone fracture is a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone.
It could be used also in other to discripe the same. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured humurous take to heal?

Depends: About 6 wks to some stability / 3m0 to pretty good stability / 6 mo to really decent stability and ~ 24 months to full remodeling

smokers all heal slower and low vit d level hinders healing every once in awhile you will see nonunion which means it is not healing and won't without sig intervention
also depends on where in the bone the break is & how bad. ...Read more