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A cracked tooth will present problems progressively. Sometimes the issues are obvious immediately - pain and /or infection. Sometimes the problems present gradually. But, unfortunately, the problem will create greater complications as time passes. Pain can increase and become quite severe. Infection may start, unnoticed, and progress, causing bone loss around the tooth. This can make replacement, such as an implant, difficult or impossible.I'd like very much to be able to tell you that it is OK to leave the tooth alone. But if you have a definitive diagnosis of a non-restorable crack, the best thing to do would be to have the tooth removed as soon as you are able and, perhaps, discuss replacing the tooth in a time frame that is suitable for you. This will minimize problems for you moving forward.
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Hi again - The two best options would be :
1. An implant supported crown for #18
2. A "cantilever" bridge. This would be fabricated by making a crown for #20 which is fused to a (new) crown on #19 which is also fused to a "pontic" -a crown that is attached to the bridge, but "floats"over where #18 was (after extraction)
Of these two options, I feel an implant supported crown is the best one. It does not require reduction of the tooth #20. And it does not involve additional teeth for its success. Cost will probably be comparable. That would be a question for your dentist.
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