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Subject: [Leica] Cracked tooth - options?
From: langeratcarleton at (Mark Langer)
Date: Wed Nov 1 10:52:38 2006
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Oops.  Missed this one.  I guess one dentist is giving away free advice.
Good for you, Phil!


On 10/31/06, Phil Swango <> wrote:
> Rick Dykstra wrote:
> A friend at work says that her dentist offered to do a root canal  on
> >> her cracked molar, though she had it extracted at the time (it  was a
> >> wizzy).  So the question is, is doing a root canal on a  cracked
> >> molar like mine generally an option, or not?  Perhaps my  dentist is
> >> a little conservative. ??
> >>
> OK, I'll out myself as a dentist, although more research than
> clinical.  The
> basic idea here is that if the crack extends into the pulp chamber or the
> root canal(s), then the canals can never be sealed, and a traditional root
> canal filling won't work.  If the crack is superficial or glancing and
> doesn't involve the pulp chamber, a root canal might work, but you'd want
> to
> put a crown (cap) on the tooth to keep the crack from getting worse.  Even
> then there might be some risk of failure.
> Without seeing the actual tooth or xray, I would venture a guess that
> extraction is the only option.  Since the tooth you describe is the first
> molar (3rd from the back), it's a pretty important one from the standpoint
> of chewing, etc.  If it were me I'd go for a replacement either by bridge
> or
> implant.  Either one will cost you a bundle, so if you were planning on
> ordering that M8, think again ;-).  I have several implants myself and
> they
> are quite a good solution.  But they are expensive, at least in the USA
> ($3-4000).
> And Walt, put down that tube of Superglue because it won't work ;-).
> --
> Phil Swango
> 307 Aliso Dr SE
> Albuquerque, NM 87108
> 505-262-4085
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