Root fracture - diagnostic signs

Description A fracture confined to the root of the tooth involving cementum, dentin, and the pulp.
Visual signs The coronal segment is usually mobile and may be displaced. Transient crown discoloration (red or grey) may occur.
Percussion test The tooth may be tender.
Mobility test The coronal segment is usually mobile.
Sensibility pulp test Not reliable in primary teeth. Inconsistent results.
Radiographic findings The fracture is usually located mid-root or in the apical third.
Radiographs recommended An occlusal or periapical exposure.

Dental Trauma Guide 2010 - produced in cooperation with the Resource Centre for Rare Oral Diseases and Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery
at the University Hospital of Copenhagen - Last edited the 07-01-2014.