Dental crowns are a great restoration option both on their own and in combination with other procedures such as root canals and dental implant placement.
They are usually recommended after a root canal procedure has been completed, but are not 100% necessary. However, general dentists strongly recommend placing them as this ensures the safety and longevity of the newly treated tooth.
Dental crowns after root canal treatment
The following information should be reviewed by people preparing for root canal treatment. Additionally, this information may be helpful to people who have had root canals before but are unsure why a dental crown is needed.
Why are they necessary?
The root canal procedure is considered minimally invasive because the entire tooth, including the roots, is cleaned, which can cause discomfort and sensitivity. Because it is invasive, the tooth becomes prone to infection and damage after the procedure is complete, so veneers are highly recommended.
Dental crowns can help strengthen the tooth that has passed through the root canal, which can be helpful for the future. The reinforcement provides a way for the tooth to restore its health and functionality, both of which might be lost in a root canal. Additionally, teeth veneered after undergoing root canal treatment are much more likely to survive.
Below are a few reasons why dental crowns should be placed on root canal treated teeth:
Infection prevention: Dental crowns will cover the newly emerged tooth to ensure that infections are kept out.
Restoration: After the root canal treatment is completed, the tooth is cleaned, but it is not always functional. Placing a dental veneer on the tooth can restore its function.
Natural appearance: When teeth need root canal treatment, there is usually discoloration due to infection. A dental veneer can cover any imperfections and thus provide a natural appearance.
Safety: Dental crowns provide an extra layer of security to weak teeth; this can be helpful in fighting infections or doing simple things like eating.
Tenderness and pain: After the root canal treatment is completed, the tooth often feels sensitive and even painful. These sensations may increase while eating or drinking, so dental veneers are recommended. The crown can cover the exposed tooth and protect it from sensitivity or discomfort that can be caused by consuming certain things.
As a result, general dentists recommend placing dental crowns after a root canal has been completed. It even provides the individual with peace of mind that their teeth will not be more of a problem.