Will a Dental Crown Be Necessary After a Root Canal? - Sunwest Dental Phoenix Arizona

Will a Dental Crown Be Necessary After a Root Canal?

dental crown Phoenix, AZ

A dental crown is one type of tooth reinforcement that may be required following a root canal procedure. A root canal involves removing the infected pulp of a tooth in an attempt to salvage it. Although the pulp is replaced with a suitable material, removing it can weaken the tooth, as can the drilling required for the procedure. Some sort of tooth reinforcement is required after every root canal. Some teeth require a dental crown, while others need only have a filling.

When does a tooth require a dental crown?

The answer to this question depends partly on the tooth affected and partly on the patient's preference.

Function

The teeth most susceptible to damage following a root canal are those in the back primarily used for chewing. These include the molars and the premolars, sometimes known collectively as the grinding teeth. Regularly chewing up food subjects these teeth to enormous pressure. A filling may not be enough to reinforce one of these teeth after a root canal. Therefore, it may require a dental crown to fully protect it.

Appearance

The incisors and canine teeth in the front of the mouth are used primarily for biting rather than chewing. Therefore, they are not under as much pressure and may be less likely to fail following the root canal. A filling may be an adequate means of reinforcement for these teeth.

However, it is common for teeth to change color following a root canal. This can be conspicuous if the tooth is visible in the front of the mouth. A patient concerned about oral aesthetics may wish to get a crown to reinforce the tooth rather than a filling. A crown can restore the tooth's natural color in addition to protecting it from damage.

What are the benefits of a dental crown after a root canal?

A patient may opt for a crown following a root canal regardless of whether it is required. In addition to the advantages already discussed, a crown also offers the following benefits:

1. Prevents recontamination

While a root canal has many advantages, it does leave the tooth's surface more susceptible to infection. The mouth contains hundreds of bacteria, some with disease-causing potential. By covering the surface entirely, a crown protects the tooth and prevents recontamination.

2. Protects from sensitivity

Retained nerves can become sensitive to heat, cold, sugar, acid and/or pressure following a root canal. This can make normal eating and drinking unbearable or at least very uncomfortable for the patient. By covering a tooth completely, a crown protects it from elements that can provoke sensitivity and pain.

3. Prevents recurring issues

Every treatment a patient has for tooth decay puts them at risk for further issues in the future. By covering and protecting the tooth, a crown helps to decrease the risk.

Conclusion

Some teeth require dental crowns after root canal procedures. For others, fillings are sufficient tooth reinforcement. However, patients may opt for crowns even when not required for aesthetic or convenience purposes.

Request an appointment here: https://sunwestdentalbiltmore.com or call Sunwest Dental at (602) 567-4879 for an appointment in our Phoenix office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

Recent Posts

Reasons To Get A Dental Cleaning

Your smile is important to you and getting a dental cleaning can help you to preserve it. Maintaining healthy and strong teeth is vital for helping you keep your smile. That is why you should go to your dentist twice a year. Read on to find out more about keeping your teeth healthy.There are long-term…

Why Regular Oral Cancer Screening Is Important

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that make up the inside of the mouth. It is a very common form of cancer. Oral cancer can be cured if it is detected and treated at an early stage when it is still small and has not spread. A dentist or…

Emergency Dentistry For Pain From A Broken Tooth

Breaking a tooth is traumatic, but visiting an emergency dentistry office can help prevent long-term complications. It is not uncommon for teeth to break as a result of forceful impacts or due to dental problems. Regardless of the cause, you may have to visit a dental office either as soon as it is convenient or…

Fill In Small Tooth Spaces Through A Smile Makeover

If you are bothered about the small gaps between your teeth, a smile makeover procedure is an option to consider. The treatment will make your smile more uniform and improve your appearance. This article addresses the cause of the extra spaces and how a smile makeover can help correct the issue.A gap between two teeth…

Recent Posts

Reasons To Get A Dental Cleaning

Reasons To Get A Dental Cleaning

Your smile is important to you and getting a dental cleaning can help you to preserve it. Maintaining healthy and strong teeth is vital for helping you keep your smile. That is why you should go to your dentist twice a year. Read on to find out more about keeping your teeth healthy.There are long-term…

Why Regular Oral Cancer Screening Is Important

Why Regular Oral Cancer Screening Is Important

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that make up the inside of the mouth. It is a very common form of cancer. Oral cancer can be cured if it is detected and treated at an early stage when it is still small and has not spread. A dentist or…