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Possible fractured tooth

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krystal

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Hey all,
I'm in the middle of a root canal. I had the initial removal of the nerve the application of medicine placed into the tooth (a molar, second from the back) a month ago. There was a fair bit of swelling on the gums and at the bottom of my jaw/cheek.

The gum fistula has not completely resolve itself, I was back and forth with the dentist who just kept telling me to be patient.

Yesterday, I went and the dentist dropped a bomb shell - after not letting my best friend stay in the room with me, which sucked -that in the case of the fistula not clearing up means it's a 90% that the tooth is fractured.

I spoke to get calmly that because of my disability I need more time to heal than most people. So she reluctantly agreed to to put some more medicine into the tooth and I will wait a while long, a month and a half or so, and if the gum boil is still there, then the tooth needs to come out.

I know the dentists on here cannot diagnosis anything since this is the Internet and not real life, but I was wondering how true her prediction that because the gum boil has not healed yet that there is a 90% chance the tooth is cracked?

Has anyone heard that?

Thanks for reading this.
 
Hi Krystal,

As you say it is difficult to be sure. Did she take an x-ray at the last appointment? Sometimes, you can see a dark area on the x-ray which indicates there might be a fracture. A mini 3d scan is very good for this but only a few of the most up to date endodontists have access to one.
Probably, worth and x-ray as it would be a shame to lose the tooth. If the x-ray looks OK, then it would be worth asking whether a referral to an endodontist would be wise.

Good luck

Lincoln

Hey all,
I'm in the middle of a root canal. I had the initial removal of the nerve the application of medicine placed into the tooth (a molar, second from the back) a month ago. There was a fair bit of swelling on the gums and at the bottom of my jaw/cheek.

The gum fistula has not completely resolve itself, I was back and forth with the dentist who just kept telling me to be patient.

Yesterday, I went and the dentist dropped a bomb shell - after not letting my best friend stay in the room with me, which sucked -that in the case of the fistula not clearing up means it's a 90% that the tooth is fractured.

I spoke to get calmly that because of my disability I need more time to heal than most people. So she reluctantly agreed to to put some more medicine into the tooth and I will wait a while long, a month and a half or so, and if the gum boil is still there, then the tooth needs to come out.

I know the dentists on here cannot diagnosis anything since this is the Internet and not real life, but I was wondering how true her prediction that because the gum boil has not healed yet that there is a 90% chance the tooth is cracked?

Has anyone heard that?

Thanks for reading this.
 
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