#8 Complicated Crown Fracture

Multiple teeth may be involved when trauma occurs, not just the one that looks most damaged. Complications from trauma include pulpal necrosis (nerve death), internal resorption, external inflammatory resorption, external replacement resorption and ankylosis. It is important to have testing done by your dentist or an endodontist to determine needed treatment, potential complications and an appropriate follow-up schedule. Treatment may range from monitoring the area, splinting, root canal therapy, restorative procedures or even extraction. Root canal specialists are experts in trauma and guidelines are available at www.aae.org/guidelines/ for quick reference when an emergency occurs.