Can You Get a Crown Sans a Root Canal?

March 1, 2023

Dental crowns are restorations for damaged, discolored, decayed teeth not explicitly created for teeth undergoing the fearsome root canal treatment. Crowns help cover and protect besides restoring the shape of your teeth if other techniques don’t resolve the problem.

Your teeth can sustain damage with time for various reasons, including tooth decay, injuries, or overuse. As a result, the teeth can lose shape and size or become prone to fractures and damage during the usual course of the day when eating. Dental crowns resemble tooth-shaped caps placed over your tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. The crown fits snugly over your tooth after it is bonded in place to cover its visible portion.

When can you Consider using a Dental Crown?

You can consider dental crowns to cover various defects with your teeth, including the following:

  • You can protect a weakened tooth from decay from breaking of keeping it together if parts are cracking.
  • Dental crowns also restore severely worn teeth or broken teeth.
  • If you have a tooth with extensive fillings, but without sufficient tooth structure, dental crowns help cover and support it.
  • Dental crowns help cover misshapen and severely discolored teeth.
  • If you are a victim of tooth loss, dental crowns help hold dental bridges in the edentulous gap or cover dental implants if you desire a permanent replacement solution for the missing teeth.
  • Dental crowns also help protect a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment because the therapy renders the tooth fragile and susceptible to breakage and fractures.

You can consider dental crowns in the abovementioned situations by discussing them with the dentist near you and inquiring how you can restore your damaged, discolored, or weak teeth.

What Must You Entail during Crown Placement?

If you intend to restore your tooth with a dental crown, you must set aside time for at least two appointments with the dentist to determine your candidacy for the process. During your first visit, expect the dentist to examine your tooth to decide whether or not it needs a dental crown. After confirming your candidacy, the dentist takes x-rays to assess the damage within it and provides treatments if necessary before dental crown placement.

If the x-ray reveals dental pulp infections, the dentist recommends root canal therapy to eliminate the condition within your tooth before dental crown placement. Although root canals appear fearsome, they are beneficial in eradicating infections inside your tooth and help prevent excruciating pain, temperature sensitivity, tooth discoloration, and pain when chewing and biting.

If you have an infected tooth, the dentist recommends a root canal that involves drilling your tooth to remove the infected and inflamed dental pulp, clean the canals, disinfect them, and seal them with a biocompatible rubber-like material gutta-percha. Although the procedure seems painful, you will not feel the pain because the dentist gives you anesthesia to alleviate your discomfort.

The dentist recommends restoring the tooth with a dental crown after you recover from the root canal therapy.

When you revisit the dentist for the dental crown procedure, expect them to x-ray your tooth again to determine whether it has healed correctly. After your examination, expect the dentist to give you local anesthesia near the affected tooth before filing it from the tops and sides to make space for a dental crown. The dentist must remove sufficient tooth structure past the dentin before taking impressions for a dental laboratory to custom-create your dental crown. Expect to receive a temporary acrylic dental crown over the reshaped tooth for protection until the dental lab returns your permanent crown in approximately three weeks.

You must visit the dentist after three weeks to restore your tooth with the permanent crown. During your second appointment, expect the dentist to remove the temporary crowns and check the permanent restorations for color and fit. If everything is acceptable, the dentist bonds the permanent crown over your reshaped tooth using special dental cement.

How Does a Dental Crown Impact Your Oral Health after a Root Canal?

Although root canal treatments are beneficial to eradicate infections within your tooth, they render your tooth fragile, making it susceptible to fractures and breakage. A dental crown in Houston helps prevent further damage to the tooth by offering protection against damage that might occur due to various reasons.

After receiving root canal treatment, an unprotected tooth remains prone to further infections from mouth bacteria. In addition, food particles can remain trapped in the tooth to attract bacteria to cause infections. Dental crowns help prevent additional damage by covering the tooth hiding it from view but offering it the protection it needs to function appropriately for many years.

If you think you need a dental crown without a root canal, Rosary Dental can help you by examining your teeth and looking for signs of damage. Please contact the practice today to have your tooth restored in precisely three weeks and protect it from further damage.

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