40 year old root canal developed a vertical root fracture

by Melanie
(Uncasville, CT, USA)

I had a root canal done back in 1977. Unfortunately, it developed a fistula (about 40 years later). The endodontist didn't see a crack on the x-ray, but after the tooth was opened she found a cotton ball and temporary filling that was never replaced, and to our dismay there was a crack underneath. The only positive thing about this story is that the root canal bought me 40 years, and now dental implants are commonly done and very successful, so I am hoping to replace the failed tooth with an implant. Back in the 70's, I probably would have had to get a bridge.

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Sep 16, 2016
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vertical root fracture
by: Dr. Gary

It is unfortunate that the tooth broke, but it's hard to complain about something lasting 40 years, and yes, dental implants are much more commonly done and have a very high success rate!

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