How Are Vertical Root Fractures Treated?
Unfortunately, the JCD review notes that, in most cases, the best treatment for a vertical root fracture is removal of the tooth. It's important to have this procedure as soon as a fracture is diagnosed, as chronic infection can eat away at the bone around the tooth, which may be needed in the future to support a dental implant. In some cases, the use of cements may strengthen the tooth and unite the fractured pieces, as the JCD review describes.
To avoid dealing with the fallout of a vertical root fracture, here are some preventative steps you can take to protect your teeth:
- As these fractures occur mostly in teeth treated with a root canal, avoid this treatment if possible. This means scheduling regular dental examinations so your dentist can detect problems early and help you prevent cavities from forming in the first place.
- If you need root canal treatment, ask your endodontist about the root canal filling technique that they will use and discuss how to reduce your risk of a fracture, such as avoiding post placement.
If your symptoms match those outlined above and you're worried that you may have this type of fracture, talk with your dentist. They will help you determine the cause of your symptoms and give you the proper treatment to keep your teeth healthy and functioning.