Tooth fractures can sometimes be diagnosed clinically if close to the gum margin and produce excessive tooth mobility. Fractures closer to the root tip of the tooth may only be diagnosed radiographically. Current evidence suggests that the location of the fracture does not affect tooth survival.
- Root fractures should be suspected whenever teeth have been traumatized.
- Urgent-one day referral to dentist if tooth is mobile and root fracture suspected.
Dental Care & Outcome
- Radiographs are necessary to complete diagnosis.
- Treatment may involve reduction, splinting, root canal treatment, or extraction.
- Long-term prognosis depends on how well segments can be approximated, among other factors.