Why do I need a crown after a root canal?

Root canals are often a last effort to save a troubled tooth. Saving your natural teeth is important for your oral health because tooth loss can lead to a whole host of other problems such as misalignment, periodontal disease, and bone loss.

When we remove the infection from your tooth, we remove all diseased tissue along with the nerve, sterilize the area, and seal it to protect it. Due to the removal of the tissue inside your tooth, it may become brittle or weak, making it more susceptible to fractures.

In some cases, on non-molar teeth, a filling may be sufficient. For those back teeth that do most of the chewing when you eat, a crown provides better protection. Because it completely covers your exposed root structure, a crown can absorb some of the force from chewing and keep your tooth from cracking, which would require an extraction.

While these may seem like heroic lengths to save your tooth, it is still the best and most affordable way to protect your oral health and appearance. We will always give you all of your treatment options before we begin treatment so that you can make the choice that feels right for you.

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