Do I need a dental crown after root canal treatment?

Root canal therapy is often performed to save a tooth from permanent extraction. It may be a scheduled procedure or an emergency root canal if unexpected problems arise. In many cases, it also includes fabricating and placing a dental crown over the tooth. Dr. Anirudh Patel of Innovative Dental by Dr. A, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may recommend this based on your unique needs.

What occurs during root canal therapy?

First, it is critical that you understand what happens during root canal therapy that may cause the tooth to require a dental crown for protection and strength. The goal of this procedure, sometimes called endodontic therapy, is to eliminate the infected or diseased pulp of a tooth. To do this, Dr. Anirudh Patel of Innovative Dental by Dr. A will access the inner chamber of your tooth and remove any damaged or decaying tissue. This is usually done with special tools and requires local anesthesia and sedation for comfort.

Once all the infected material is removed, it is sterilized and replaced with gutta-percha. The chamber is sealed off with a filling material to protect against further infection. For many patients, this may be the last step. However, there are times when patients might require the placement of a dental crown.

Why might I need a dental crown after root canal therapy?

The final step in root canal therapy may be the application of a dental crown. This dental restoration is customized for the patient’s smile and is used to protect the tooth and restore its original shape and appearance. A dental crown also reinforces and strengthens a weakened natural tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. Following treatment, you should be able to enjoy a healthy smile.

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What if I need an emergency root canal?

Regardless of whether or not your endodontic therapy is performed because you need emergency dentistry or a planned procedure, a dental crown may be needed to protect the remaining tooth structure. Emergency root canals are often done if a patient comes into the office with significant pain and discomfort caused by a possible infection of the tooth, or it may be performed if the dentist was treating another issue, such as tooth decay, but realizes that the cavity is too large and too deep to treat effectively with a traditional filling. If you need immediate care, our team is here to provide it, avoiding the referral to another dental professional for care.

How do I find out more about my dental health needs?

By investing in root canal therapy and a dental crown, you can preserve the remaining structure of your natural tooth for many years to come.

If you believe that you may need root canal treatment and a dental crown, schedule an appointment with our dental team at Innovative Dental by Dr. A of Philadelphia, PA, by calling (215) 624-1935.

The office is open to new and returning patients. We can provide the necessary treatments for your needs and determine if a dental crown is right for you!

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