I split my left incisor tooth, and after seeing three dentists, none of them want to save it. They all recommend extraction, but I want a dentist who will try to save it first. How can I find a dentist without schedule one consultation after another? I sweat when I think about what it will take to repair the tooth, but I can’t worry about the pain. I want to save it. – Thank you. Clarke
You have two challenges in finding a dentist who will try to save your fractured tooth.
Timing – It is essential to get treatment within a day or two. Although you didn’t mention when your tooth split, more than two days may have passed if you have seen three dentists.
Technique – Few dentists try to save a fractured tooth. But some have found success with this method:
- Fit the tooth pieces perfectly back together
- Hold the pieces with a dental crown
- Follow-up on the tooth for the life of the patient
Documentation on this technique is limited, and there is insufficient research to declare it an acceptable method.
If a dentist is willing to save your tooth, perhaps an endodontist (root canal specialist) might be willing to do it. Visit the American Association of Endodontists website for information about traumatic tooth injuries, the risks associated with them, and where an endodontist can save a tooth or need to extract it. Regardless of which treatment you receive, an endodontist will numb the tooth. If you are anxious, you can request sedation.
But you must get an appointment right away. Look for a board-certified endodontist and schedule an appointment for an exam. You do not have any more time to schedule a consultation. The longer you wait, the higher the risk of requiring tooth extraction and a dental implant.
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