Do I Need To Have A Root Canal Before Getting a Dental Crown?

Mar 30, 2024 | Blog, Implants, Root Canal

If you have undergone root canal therapy, your dentist may have recommended a dental crown afterward to restore and protect your tooth. While it is a common procedure done to keep the tooth intact, not all root canals need to be capped off with crowns. Conversely, a dental crown can be placed without being treated with a root canal. Let’s discuss the factors that your dentist will evaluate before making the final decision.

Reasons For Getting A Root Canal

When the enamel of a tooth becomes cavitated or damaged, harmful oral bacteria can breach through this layer to reach the pulp. Your tooth’s pulp is the innermost sensitive layer that contains numerous blood vessels and nerve endings. As a result of pulp infection, you may experience severe pain, tooth sensitivity, and difficulty in eating food.

To alleviate the symptoms and save your tooth from extraction, your dentist may recommend a root canal. The procedure involves the removal of the inner pulp tissues and killing off any remaining bacteria in the root canals. Your canals will be disinfected and sealed with a material called gutta-percha.

To close the access opening of the root-canal-treated tooth, your dentist may place a dental filling or a crown. A crown is recommended in most cases to protect the tooth structure and prevent future complications.

Reasons for Getting A Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a versatile treatment as they not only serve to restore damaged teeth but also enhance their cosmetic appearance. If you have a severely chipped, broken, fractured, discolored, or decayed tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown to save the remaining tooth structure.

A crown encases the entire visible portion of the tooth. They are customized to match the shade and size of your natural teeth. Crowns are also used to cover root-canal-treated teeth and dental implants. However, not all cases of root canals require a dental crown.

Is A Root Canal Necessary Before Crown Placement?

As mentioned earlier, it is not necessary to undergo root canal treatment before getting a dental crown, and vice versa. Your dentist will determine the best options for your teeth after evaluating your oral cavity in detail. If one of your molars is severely damaged and requires root canal treatment, your dentist will most likely place a crown to protect the tooth.

In many cases, the front teeth do not need a crown after treatment and can function well with a dental filling. The basic purpose of crown placement after the root canal is to protect and strengthen the weakened tooth. Similarly, a root canal may only be necessary before a crown if the tooth’s pulp is infected. You can consult with your dentist to finalize the best option for your oral health.

Conclusion

Root canals and dental crowns don’t always go hand in hand. It depends on the severity of the damage and the condition of your teeth. Consult with our dental specialists at Champions Dental to decide what’s right for you. You can call us at (281) 866-0442 to book an appointment.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 

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