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Question:
Crown broken off molar with old root canals: I had a molar on top left 2nd one in. It had two previous root canals!!

Now the crown top part of the tooth has broken off. I'm wondering if I could just leave it or is it best to get it pulled out?

If it gets pulled out will my front teeth begin to shift? ...Visitor from Page AZ

Answer:
Because a crown serves to protect the underlying tooth structure (remember that root canal treatments diminish the nutrient supply to the tooth), it is very likely that the tooth will deteriorate rapidly and could cause infection and possible bone loss in the immediate area.

Untreated extractions can indeed cause teeth to shift if there is an unbalance bite condition. Your dentist should be able to diagnose this possibility for you.

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