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    Old 06-03-2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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    Dental post broken and half of it still in the root of the teeth.

    I broke one of my front teeth10 years ago after a minor bike accident. I got fitted with crowns and I have replaced it twice, last time 4 years ago. It is a crown with a long metallic post that goes into the root of the tooth.

    A few months back the tooth became loose and came out. I went to a dentist and he took an x-ray. From the x-ray it looks like the metallic post is broken in the middle. Almost half of the post seems to be in the root of the tooth. The dentist put a little bit of paste / cement around the half of the post that is remaining and reattached the tooth. He said it is not likely to stay for long. Sure enough two months later it has come off again.

    I am wondering what my options are at this stage. Is there any way to extract half of the post that is embedded in the tooth and fit a new crown and post. Or is implants the only option now?
    Any information regarding this would be greatly appreciated.

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    Old 06-04-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
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    Re: Dental post broken and half of it still in the root of the teeth.

    With the amount of times you have said you have had that crown replaced, it does not really sound reasonable to try to replace it again. Its just not worth the time or money. Well-done implants last a lifetime, with no replacements. Financially you would be better off just removing the tooth and getting an implant and not ever having to worry about it again.

    Since it is a front tooth, I would suggest finding a prosthodontist specialist, or someone who has lots of experience planning implants, front teeth can be extra difficult because they are so visible.

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