When patients have root canals, why do teeth need to be crowned?

Why do patients require root canals?

Because of cavities, cracks or broken fillings, bacteria can enter the teeth and infection could result. Your dentist will observe the extent of the infection from dental x-rays, from other visible signs, and from your specific symptoms. If the infection is left untreated, a variety of oral health issues could arise, some serious.

In situations where the nerve of the tooth is infected, root canals are usually the prescribed course of action. A successful root canal allows the damaged tooth to remain intact, rather than the option of pulling it out. Keeping the tooth intact is preferable, and averts the need for replacement with something artificial.

Restoring the teeth after root canals.

Successful root canals are only the first step in the restoration process.  And the whole idea of restoration is to fix the tooth so that it performs just like a natural tooth. Restoration can be performed using a variety of techniques, depending on the condition of the tooth, and of course, the health of the individual patient.

Crowns are one option for restoration after patients have had successful root canals. Back teeth usually need a crown, mainly because these are “chewing” teeth.  Chewing puts pressure and force on all of the back teeth, and crowns provide the required strength. In some case, posts may be required to give support to the crown.

Using crowns to restore root canals.

The truth is, not all root canals can be assured of success, and there is potential for dental issues to occur from time to time. However, when dentists are restoring root canals, dental crowns have proven to be more effective in preventing dental issues than other types of restoration treatments. Your dentist will know best.

Dental studies have shown that root canals performed on seriously damaged teeth were best restored with dental crowns. And although crowns are used for both front and back teeth, they are especially effective with the molar teeth, again, because of the chewing forces that are most common in the back of the mouth.

Scheduling crowns after root canals.

The dentist will suggest a schedule that is most appropriate for final restoration with a dental crown. This is not an emergency situation, but most dentists will want to expedite quickly. With root canals, the temporary restoration performed by the dentist is just a forerunner to final restoration, so immediacy is a priority.

Because the dental crown provides strength and protection for a restored tooth, permanent restoration will usually be performed ASAP – it will ensure that the tooth is well sealed and fully strengthened, with less risk for contamination. In most cases, the restored tooth will perform exactly the same way at a natural tooth.

Every dental patient should know that cavities, tooth damage and gum disease are still possible after root canals. Therefore, the key to long-term dental health remains the same: good dental hygiene on a daily basis and routine dental visits for ongoing maintenance.