Why Do You Need a Crown After a Root Canal?

Everyone has root canals, even if you have never needed to have a single tooth filled.  A root canal is a natural space in your tooth that contains pulp and the tooth’s nerve. Together, they are called the tooth’s root, and the space that houses them is the root canal.

phoenix dental emergency“Most people only know about the nerve in their tooth from hot or cold sensations, or because they have a toothache,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix dental office. “The best warning sign that something is going on inside your tooth, where you can’t see it, is nerve pain. Your dentist can discover exactly what it is and how to treat it,” Dr. Ford says, and continues, “Do not put off calling your dentist if you have a toothache. Teeth in the early stages of decay can be saved, but an ignored tooth doesn’t heal itself.”

WebMD, a website that explains medical and dental health issues, describes how a root canal procedure becomes necessary. “When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or an abscess.”

Endodontic treatment (the formal name for root canal) removes the damaged tissue from inside the tooth. There are several ways to restore the tooth after endodontic treatment. The most common treatment is a post and crown.

Because teeth that have had root canal treatments become brittle, the tooth needs to be strengthened. This is particularly true of molars—the teeth that do the grinding and chewing in the mouth and take the most pressure.

The endodontist will insert a post into the tooth. The post’s purpose is to strengthen the tooth itself. The post also serves as an anchor for the crown. LINK TO: DO CROWNS DECAY? With the crown cemented in place, the tooth’s restoration is complete.

The crown itself is made in a lab and will match the tooth above it precisely. This provides a perfect bite match. With a crown in place, the tooth is strong and stable and can be used for biting and chewing.

Your teeth are important in chewing, speaking and smiling. You can preserve a youthful smile for many years by regular visits to your dentist.

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