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Why Dental Crowns Are Needed After a Root Canal
When a patient is getting ready to have a root canal, it is important for them to understand the procedure, such as why a dental crown may be used. Sometimes it is used after the procedure to ensure that the area remains clean and healthy.
Although it is important to remember that all root canals may not need a dental crown after the procedure, a dentist will typically explain during a visit or consultation if they believe using a dental crown could be beneficial for the patient or not.
Not all cases are the same though. This is precisely the reason why having that open communication with your dentist is so crucial in any dental procedure.
Why would someone need a root canal?
Before we explore having a dental crown used after a root canal treatment, it is important to understand the reason a root canal treatment would be suggested in the first place.
Saving a tooth from decay
If a patient's tooth has become decayed to a severe degree, the dentist may suggest a root canal to save the remaining portion of the tooth. In this case, since part of the natural tooth is still remaining, a crown should be used. This is to ensure the rot that brought on the need for the root canal is captured and locked with dental crowns.
The dental crown is placed on top of the remaining tooth and protects the natural tooth from anything causing stress or damage to the area. Adding a barrier to the tender area, a crown would act as a shield for the pain.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a term that most people have heard throughout the years. However, it’s not uncommon that people do not really understand what these devices do for their mouths.
A dental crown is a type of cap that dentists put on a person’s tooth that is not completely rotted or needing to be extracted. These teeth have undergone some damage and would not be okay to be left alone. However, a crown indicates that they are not in a condition that would require them to be extracted.
Premolars and grinding teeth
Another rule of thumb that is typically used when seeing if a dental crown will need to be used after the root canal is dependent on which tooth is affected.
Premolars and grinding the teeth that are in the back of the mouth typically require a dental crown. This is because of the force from chewing that these teeth endure during a person's day. The dental crown would be there to take the brunt force.
A dentist's primary goal in their practice is helping patients keep their natural teeth and roots. Dentists suggest a crown instead of removing teeth whenever it is possible, but especially for these important teeth.
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