I am a 70 year old male. I have an abscess on the gum near the tooth where root canal was done last year my dentist advise to extract the tooth as it is cracked. A course of antibiotics did not reduce the swelling can I save the tooth?
MDS - Prosthodontist and Implantologist, Root canal certificate, BDS
8 years experience
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Hi after root canal treatment, the tooth becomes brittle and is prone to getting fractured. That's the reason we place a crown over the tooth after root canal treatment. Since the tooth has already cracked and there is an abscess present and you have already completed a course of antibiotics, I would recommend you to get it extracted. A radiograph of the same would help in a better diagnosis.
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Hi,your teeth is cracked so RCT can't be re done.Abcess is to be drained first by lancing or making a small hole in the tooth structure and then antibiotic will help .
You can opt for extraction of the affected tooth to get relief from the abcess.
Dear there are many things which can decide your treatment plan.
As of now - if the tooth got crack below the gums level and can't be saved then go for extraction otherwise retreatment (rerct) can save the tooth.
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