I recently noticed a fracture in a small molar and after a piece of food became lodged in it, a very small sliver of the tooth broke off while flossing. The tooth is not loose and there is no pain or sensitivity associated with that tooth or the surrounding area. What is noticable now though is discoloration (ie: likely decay) on the inside area of the tooth from where the sliver broke off. What is the likely treatment for such a condition? Is root canal the recommended treatment, or can decay simply be scrapped away and a protective coating (or crown) put on the tooth when the tooth isn't loose and there is no pain? Thanks

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 15 - May - 2010, at 20:50 PM

  • Treatment for fractured tooth depends upon the fractured tooth. If it can not be restored with normal composite filling after removing the decay then you have to get the cap/dental crown done. In such cases, it is always advisable to go for Root Canal Treatment done before getting the crown as chances of infection and pain after getting the crown are there. At that time is becomes difficult as crown has to be removed to do the root canal treatment. So visit dentist who wil take the clinical exam and xray and will tell you the treatment plan. For more info on cracked tooth you can read the following article from our website... www.identalhub.com/article_understanding-cracked-tooth-205.aspx

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