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Cracked Tooth Syndrome Patient

Case ID: 43147

Individual results may vary.

Case Details

Does it hurt when you bite down?
How do we save a cracked tooth?

A tooth with a large silver filling. These fillings are safe but do expand and contract
over time and are malleable like a ball of tin foil! So repeated chewing can cause spreading forces. That with expansion and contraction of metal with temperatures can lead to a fracture. This fracture may make your tooth non-restorable so it might need to be extracted and replaced with an implant. We make attempts to save fractured teeth before they are totally broken by removing the old filling and bonding in a composite resin restoration to stop the crack.

It is also imperative to realize that cracked teeth may not be savable. If pain or sensitivity persist the tooth will require either a root canal or most likely extraction to eliminate this pain. In some instances if a root canal is done, the fracture (if it is self-limiting) can be eliminated and the tooth may still be salvageable.

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