Root canal and crown: What you need to know

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Who needs a root canal and crown?

Your dentist may choose to perform root canal treatment if your tooth has signs of infection or significant pulpal nerve damage. Tooth cracks and cavities can allow bacteria to enter the pulp if the condition is not treated in a timely manner, leading to infection, tooth loss, or bone degradation.

Pulp necrosis usually begins with tooth decay. Tooth decay usually involves the build-up of plaque, which impacts your enamel until holes appear. If caught early, cavities are simply filled by a dentist with no problems. If precautions aren’t taken, the decay can travel deeper into the tooth and eventually reach the pulp.

Another way that pulp gets damaged is pathological. This occurs when the damaged or decaying tooth doesn’t heal properly. If bacteria from infected gums enters the pulp, they can irritate the nerves causing inflammation. This inflammation leads to pulp necrosis. Pulp necrosis mean the tooth has been permanently damaged.

If your tooth has a large cavity, and the filling makes up half of the total size of your tooth, the tooth is going to be weakened. In this case, your dentist may recommend crowning (or capping).

You may need a dental crown if you have a tooth that is:

  • severely worn down
  • cracked
  • Weakened

A crown is recommended after a root canal on a tooth because the tooth is weaker due to the removal of pulp living tissue and carries the risk that the crown might be damaged.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a restorative procedure that treats tooth decay and protects the tooth from pain. Human teeth contain blood vessels and nerves that come directly from the roots. The pulp nourishes the interior of a tooth and provides moisture to surrounding soft tissue. When your teeth get exposed to decay or trauma, the root’s inner layer becomes exposed. Your tooth’s nerves detect hot and cold temperatures as pain as a result.

There are several indications that you may need to have root canal therapy, including:

  • Swollen or red gums
  • A cracked tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A dark or discolored tooth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Injury or trauma to the mouth

What is a dental crown?

An artificial tooth that covers a tooth and restores its size, shape and function is called a crown. Dentistry widely recommends it because it restores the tooth to its normal condition. It promotes a tooth’s strength and increases its aesthetic appeal. For a tooth with a large filling, a crown may be necessary to keep it from breaking and protect the tooth.

If you have a tooth that has been treated with a root canal procedure, it might also require a crown. Then, it will shield the restored tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and porcelain fused to metal. The material used depends on the individual patient’s needs and preferences. Crowns can be made of gold or porcelain fused to metal are color-matched to the surrounding teeth.

How successful is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment typically saves the tooth and clears the infection.

On average, about 9 out of 10 untreated teeth last for 8 to 10 years.

By ensuring your teeth are cleaned in a hygienic manner, your restored tooth should last for a long time.

If an infection recurs, a root canal procedure may be conducted again.

In case the root canal treatment already was completed to a high standard and infection is still present, a tiny surgical procedure to remove the tip (an apicoectomy) can be used to handle infection.

Root canal treatment is very well-regarded because it is so effective. The success rate of this treatment is over 95%. Most root canal teeth last a lifetime, but a patient can still acquire disease and decay after being treated for the condition. Root canal treatment does not protect against tooth damage. Patients must always take excellent care of their teeth to prevent any sort of problems.

Why you need a dental crown after a root canal?

When a tooth undergoes a root canal, it is likely to be saved from further infection, but if it is not properly restored, it may be left vulnerable to further damage. The procedure for extracting the pulp from a dead tooth ultimately weakens the live part of the tooth, making it prone to breaking.

If you want to prevent your tooth from further deterioration, your dentist will likely recommend restoring it with a dental crown.

Here are 3 reasons why you may need a root canal and crown:

  1. When the tooth becomes weakened

A tooth with a root canal procedure can be damaged more, even if it has been treated properly. Too much trauma can weaken the structure of the tooth, but a dental crown can be effective in strengthening it.

A crown will protect your tooth, reinforce its outer structure, and prevent it from crumbling.

  1. When the tooth becomes sensitive

A root canal can leave some nerves feeling more sensitive to temperature and one of those areas is your mouth. Getting a dental crown on an area that is sensitive can help you tolerate the heat or chill better.

  1. Trauma

If you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, then chances are you’ll need a root canal. Trauma to your teeth can exacerbate existing conditions or damage your dental nerves, possibly resulting in intense pain and the need for immediate treatment.

If you have a tooth that is severely damaged or decayed, you may need a root canal and crown. This procedure involves removing the damaged tissue from inside the tooth, cleaning and sealing the tooth, and then placing a crown over the top of the tooth. Root canals and crowns can be costly, but they can save your tooth and help you avoid more serious dental problems down the road.