Root canals can save your teeth in cases of severe damage or infection, but the treatment may not be complete after the root canal therapy itself. Most patients will also need to have a dental crown placed on the treated tooth for additional protection and for better long-term outcomes.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
Root canal treatment removes diseased tissue from the tooth’s innermost core in order to prevent tooth death. In providing this treatment, a dentist will create a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The dentist then removes the tooth pulp and thoroughly cleans the empty chamber. The last step is filling the empty chamber with gutta percha, a substance that is similar to rubber in texture, to make it less likely that bacteria will infiltrate the space again.
Although many patients tend to associate root canals with significant discomfort, that reputation is unwarranted. Patients who actually undergo the treatment typically report that it is similar to having a cavity filled. In fact, the types of infections eliminated by root canal treatment are quite painful themselves, so patients actually get symptom relief from receiving this treatment.
Why do I need a dental crown too?
Although the purpose of root canal treatment is preserving biological teeth, this treatment process leaves a tooth more susceptible to breakage. If the tooth is not protected with a dental crown after a root canal, the efforts to save the tooth may be for naught. However, with proper care, a dental crown can remain in place for years to strengthen a tooth. Furthermore, today’s dental crowns are made from state of the art materials that nearly replicate the appearance of biological enamel. Crowns can be custom-designed to match the shade of your other teeth, meaning that your dental crown will barely even be noticeable!
To learn more about the placement of dental crowns following root canal treatment, contact our office. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.