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Are Crowns Always Required with a Root Canal?

Posted on 6/27/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works.In most cases, after a root canal, your tooth will be topped with a crown in order to keep it strong and to prevent further damage. However, there are certain situations in which a crown might not be necessary.

By weighing the pros and cons with your dentist, you can decide if a root canal without the placement of a crown is the most cost-effective and durable option for you.

Why Many Teeth Need Crowns after a Root Canal

Root canals are extremely useful in helping teeth to recover from decay, but unfortunately, they can become weaker.

When the pulp in a tooth is infected or has died, your dentist will need to remove it and to apply filling material inside of the tooth.

Since a root canal will remove the pulp, with time, this deficit can cause them to lose strength, and a crown can prevent future fracture.

Fitting a crown over a filled tooth is often needed because of the high fracture risk. With this extra precaution, you can help to keep your tooth safe. A crown can also restore your tooth back to its natural appearance.

When a Crown Might Not Be Needed

There are some cases where you might not need a crown after a root canal. This is especially true of the front teeth, including the canines and incisors. These teeth tend to experience less stress than the molars and premolars since they aren't used in chewing.

Since you won't be putting excessive biting forces on these teeth like you would the teeth in the back of your mouth, you may not need the added protection of a crown after your root canal is performed.

Whether or not your tooth is capped with a crown after a root canal, you should remember that these teeth will still be more vulnerable than the others in your mouth.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how to keep your teeth safe after a root canal.
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