Case 17 Fractured tooth

Pre-operative x-ray #3

Tooth was symptomatic, sensitive to chewing and biting.

Photo #3 after filling material removed

Note: fracture line extending from the mesial to the distal, making the tooth non restorable.

Any tooth suspected of a non restorable fracture should be investigated with an access opening and removal of all restorative materials so that the pulp chamber and walls of tooth can easily be exposed. This will make it much easier to diagnose whether or not the tooth is restorable.