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Sep
11

Do You Need a Crown After a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

Why would you need a crown on a tooth that’s had a root canal? Your dentist isn’t trying to earn extra money by charging you for an unnecessary procedure. There are actually six important reasons to cap the tooth.

  1. A Tooth Is Weak After a Root Canal

Root canal therapy is very tough on a tooth and dries it out from the inside. The result is a brittle shell that may need the extra protection that only a crown can provide.

  1. You Had the Root Canal on a Back Tooth

Front teeth don’t support much weight when you chew but your molars take a beating. That’s why back teeth that get root canals almost always need to be capped.

  1. You Grind Your Teeth

A teeth-grinding habit is damaging on all teeth but it’s especially dangerous for fragile ones that just had a root canal. A crown will make your endodontically treated tooth last longer.

  1. Your Tooth Is Stained

Has your tooth turned gray from decay or trauma? That kind of stain won’t bleach out no matter what you try. Placing a crown might be the best way to make your tooth look more natural and healthier.

  1. A Crown Insulates Remaining Nerves

Sometimes, a root canal can’t access all the extra nerves attached to your tooth. Crowning your tooth will protect them and spare you any painful sensitivity.

  1. Crowns Seal Out Decay

A new cavity would further weaken your treated tooth. Your dentist may recommend a crown to protect your tooth if it’s at high-risk for developing more decay.

Ask your dentist about the best options for protecting your tooth after a root canal.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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