Fracture of RCT treated tooth

# Which of the following accounts for why endodontically treated posterior teeth are more susceptible to fracture than untreated ones?
A. Loss of moisture
B. Damaged coronal structure
C. Plastic deformation of the dentin
D. Loss of pulpal vitality


The correct answer is B. DAMAGED CORONAL STRUCTURE

Endodontically treated teeth have a decreased amount of coronal dentin due to the access preparation necessary for root canal treatment.

Loss of coronal dentin alters the internal architecture of the tooth, changing the dispersement of forces in the tooth.

The change to the internal architecture put the tooth at higher risk for fracture.

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