You might be tempted to leave your root canal-treated tooth uncapped after the procedure. It doesn’t hurt anymore, so why bother doing anything else?
Capping your tooth after a root canal really isn’t an option – it’s a necessity.
What a Root Canal Does to the Tooth
A root canal is a procedure where the dentist removes a damaged or infected nerve from the inside of your tooth. The hollowed-out space is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed off with a special material.
The goal of this process is to prevent future infection and tooth pain. But it doesn’t make your tooth invincible.
The root canal actually weakens your tooth from the inside. Despite being filled up afterwards, your tooth can no longer support the chewing force it used to. Without protection, your tooth can crack and fall apart.
Crowns Save Teeth After Root Canals
Crowns are necessary for teeth with root canals for two reasons: they reinforce weak tooth structure and they seal out bacteria.
Without a crown, your tooth will be even more prone to getting cavities. Just because you might not feel the pain from decay doesn’t mean it can’t still cause serious damage. A dental crown protects your tooth from all sides, giving you a stronger bite and more protection against bacteria.
When to Crown a Tooth After a Root Canal
Your dentist will want to leave your tooth without a cap for some time to make sure the root canal procedure successful. In the meantime, avoid chewing on that tooth. Schedule your follow-up visits as soon as possible so that you don’t put off the crown appointment any longer than necessary.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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