What is the Point of a Crown to Cover of a Root Canal?
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Elmwood Dental Group
If the root of your tooth becomes infected, serious dental complications may result. In order to treat the problem and potentially save your tooth, you may need root canal therapy. In some cases, you might also need a crown to cover the top of the tooth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap that is shaped like a tooth, and it is placed over the top of a tooth to restore its original size and shape. It improves the appearance of the tooth and also helps to strengthen a tooth after damage. When cemented into place, the crown cases the visible portion of the tooth, and it can last for up to 15 years when cared for properly.
Why Do You Need a Dental Crown after a Root Canal?
After a root canal, we may recommend a dental crown. This covering helps to protect the tooth from further bacteria and decay. Additionally, teeth that receive large fillings after a root canal are at a heightened risk for fracture, and a dental crown provides an extra layer of protection.
Dental crowns aren't used on every tooth, even in the event of a root canal. For example, a root canal to the front or canine teeth might not need a crown, as these teeth experience less strain and physical stress than the molars. Since the teeth in the back of the mouth take on a majority of the biting force, you will be more likely to need a crown after a root canal in these teeth.
Ultimately, your unique teeth and situation will help us determine if you need a crown after a root canal. If you are suffering from any tooth pain or discomfort, please give our office a call so that we can determine the best course of action.
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