#19 Pre-op x-ray
#19 File film
Possible diagnosis fractured tooth, however, not probe-able.
#19 Final Film
38 month post op x-ray
No evidence of fracture in access opening.
Do not assume fractures. Always probe carefully around the tooth, fractured roots usually have a significant periodontal pocket. Always check carefully in the access opening for a fracture. There is a dye on the market that can be used if one is unsure. The consequences of unnecessary extraction can be very costly to a patient especially when the tooth is a bridge abutment.
Note: A root canal had just been completed on tooth #20 by his primary dentist.