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delisle posted:
my tooth was knocked out of place and was back in position. i also received a hair line fracture to my front upper gum. however the dentist placed brackets on and told me that i would need a root canal although the the tooth has not start to heal. do you think that i should get this operation?
Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
Dear delisle:

I am sorry to hear about your incident. It is unfortunate. However, if your tooth was knocked out and re-implanted by your dentist, chances are very good that it is non-vital (dead). The only way for you to keep this tooth in your mouth without an infection is by getting root canal treatment, and a final restoration (probably a filling to close the root canal access).

If you have any doubts, I'd recommend going to an Endodontist-the root canal specialist, for a second opinion.

Nevertheless, it sound like your dentist is doing the right thing.

Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman

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