Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Front Desk
There are many reasons that you may require a root canal, perhaps your tooth was damaged by an injury and the tooth has died or perhaps a cavity reached the pulp of your tooth and there is extensive decay: whatever the reason, a root canal is required.
By removing the dead or infected pulp of a tooth, and carefully filling the root, we are able to save your natural tooth from being extracted. This is the goal! Keeping as many of your natural teeth intact is the best way to maintain good oral health. After the root canal is completed, we will fit your tooth with a crown. But why?
Protecting Your Natural Tooth
After a root canal, our dentists will begin the process of preparing your tooth for a crown. Not only does this protect the work that the dentist just did with the root canal, it protects the remaining natural tooth.
The natural part of the tooth will be filed down and a crown will be formed to seal the tooth and keep the root intact. This process is preferred over an extraction because it keeps the root of the tooth in contact with your jawbone. This lessens your chances of infection and bone loss over time and keeps the tooth exactly where you want it, in your mouth!
While root canals can be relatively painless and done right in our office, cleaning out the inside of a tooth and replacing it with a filling will make the natural tooth weaker and in effect 'dead'.
Capping the tooth reinforces the tooth and assures that it will not crack or break, saving it from extraction. If you're suffering from an injury to a tooth or think you may need a root canal, please call our office today. Our dentists will be happy to help you restore your smile!
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