Do any of your teeth have a root canal? If so, your dentist may have also recommended a dental crown. Learn why below.
First, what is a root canal?
When a tooth becomes severely damaged or decayed, it can become infected and begin to die. Once this occurs, the only way to save the tooth is to have a root canal treatment. A root canal is a procedure that removes the infection, as well as the inner part of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp of a tooth contains blood vessels and nerves and is the living part of a tooth. After removing this part, the dentist will fill and seal the tooth back up. If a root canal is not done, the only other treatment option is to have the tooth removed.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a "cap" that completely covers a vulnerable tooth and protects it from further damage. It can be made from various materials such as porcelain or metal. After your natural tooth is prepared by the dentist, the dental crown fits right over the top.
Why is a crown recommended?
After having a root canal, a tooth no longer has any blood supply going to it. This makes the tooth weaker, brittle and more prone to breaking. A crown will protect the tooth and restore its strength. This is especially important for back teeth which have to withstand significant forces during chewing.
What about a front tooth?
It would be at the discretion of your dentist whether or not a crown is needed for a front tooth with a root canal. It would depend on many factors such as how much force is put on the tooth and how much natural tooth structure remains. If the tooth was severely damaged or discoloured, a dental crown improves the aesthetics and strength of a front tooth.
Having a root canal done shows that you value and want to keep your natural teeth. Protecting the tooth with a dental crown will help to prevent the tooth from breaking, preserving your investment and your smile. If you have a tooth in need of a root canal and a dental crown, contact us today!