Why is getting a dental crown after a root canal so important? Can the tooth just go without?
Root Canals Restore…but Also Weaken Teeth
A root canal involves removing an infected or damaged tooth, to eliminate all traces of the compromised nerves.
Unfortunately, the process can knock out a lot of material from inside the tooth. You’ll be left with a hollow structure that’s more fragile.
Live teeth strengthen themselves with the nutrients brought in by the blood vessels flowing from the roots to the pulp. When a tooth has a root canal, it dies and can no longer be reinforced from the inside.
If you need a root canal, it’s because your tooth is already dead or in the process of dying. The treatment is just a way to save what’s left, so that you don’t have to extract the tooth entirely.
Capping your tooth with a dental crown keeps it strong and protected even after being weakened by a necessary treatment.
Is It Possible to Get a Root Canal without a Crown?
Some teeth do fine without a crown after having a root canal. These can include:
In such cases, a dental filling may be sufficient to seal off the tooth and keep it in good shape for years to come.
Only your dentist can tell after a root canal whether your tooth is strong enough to go without a crown so, check in with him or her to learn more.
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