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Restore Dental Strength with Dental Crowns after Root Canal Therapy By Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky on December 05, 2019

An illustration of a dental crown hovering over a toothDental crowns can help restore damaged teeth while also improving the health and appearance of the smile.

Dental crowns are often beneficial after root canal therapy to restore the appearance of treated teeth and prevent further damage. Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky helps enhance smiles with dental crowns after root canal therapy at our practice in Edmonton, AB. To find out if dental crowns are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

Why Are Dental Crowns Placed after Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is used to treat infection within the central root canal of a tooth. During treatment, a hole is made in the tooth to remove infected pulp tissues, nerves, and blood vessels, and to clean the inside of the tooth.

At our Edmonton practice, root canal therapy is performed to save an infected tooth from requiring extraction. However, as a result, it can leave the structure of the tooth weakened. Placing dental crowns on teeth treated with root canal therapy can help preserve the teeth and provide other benefits. Here are just a few reasons dental crowns may be placed after root canal therapy.

Add Strength to Weakened Tooth

Sometimes after root canal therapy, decayed parts of the tooth may need to be removed. As a result, the walls of the tooth can become severely weakened and susceptible to breaking under the pressure of eating.

Capping the tooth with a dental crown can help restore strength and reduce the risk of the natural tooth breaking.

Restore the Tooth's Appearance

Teeth requiring root canal therapy may be discolored from dental damage or from fillings placed after root canal therapy.

The appearance of teeth that are discolored following root canal therapy can be improved with dental crowns, as crowns can be made in any shade of white to provide a natural looking appearance.

Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Although the nerves of an infected tooth are removed during root canal therapy, sometimes some nerve tissue may remain. Consequently, the tooth may feel sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.

Placing a dental crown over the tooth can help add a protective layer to the tooth, helping to reduce sensitivity.

Prevent Root Canal Therapy Failure

Root canal therapy failure sometimes occurs when a crack goes unnoticed or the inside of the tooth wasn't completely cleaned. If root canal therapy failure occurs, the tooth will begin to hurt and an abscess may develop.

One way to prevent root canal therapy failure is to place a dental crown after treatment. Placing a dental crown can help seal any cracks that may by in the tooth, as well as prevent cracks from developing.

Prevent Further Decay

It's common for teeth that are treated with root canal therapy to have suffered from tooth decay prior to treatment. This can leave teeth vulnerable to further decay, especially if changes aren't made to oral hygiene habits.

Placing a dental crown can help prevent further decay after root canal therapy and restore the appearance of damaged teeth.

Are Dental Crowns Right for You?

If you have had root canal therapy or will be undergoing this treatment soon, a dental crown may be right for you. To learn more, please call our Edmonton practice at 780-428-6846 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Podilsky.

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