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Question:
Root Canal on Cracked Molar?
Should a root canal be performed on a molar that is cracked?

The crack is inside one of the roots and a crown did not stop the pain. ...Visitor from IL

Answer:
If your tooth had an internal fracture of one of the roots, the long term success of saving this tooth is poor, even with endodontic (root canal) therapy.

Many times if a tooth is fractured or cracked above the gum it can be saved with a protective crown around it. Since your crack is below the gum and in a root, not even capping the tooth has taken away your pain.

The best option would probably be to have the tooth extracted and a dental implant placed in the space. A crown can then be placed on the implant to give you years worth of problem free service. The implant placed in the jaw acts like a tooth root and helps to stimulate the bone thus preventing the normal resorption of bone once a tooth is extracted.

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