Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that allows dentists to treat an infection in the pulp chamber of a tooth and avoid extraction. After root canal therapy (also known as endodontic treatment, or sometimes even RCT), a tooth may need to be structurally reinforced with a dental crown. A permanent dental crown can restore comfort, function, and appearance, while reducing the risk of sensitivity, pain, and reinfection.
Dr. Sharon Mateja of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, can explain the benefits of having a dental crown placed after root canal therapy. We’ll cover the basics of root canal therapy and the role that crowns play below. Our team can answer all of your questions about root canals and crowns during a consultation.
The Final Restorative Phase of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves removing diseased pulp and controlling bacterial infection from inside a tooth’s core. To do this, the dentist drills a hole in the tooth, extracts the infected pulp, sterilizes the pulp chamber, and fills the hollow chamber with an inert substance to support the tooth from within.
After root canal therapy, the treated tooth is left with an entry hole that must be addressed. When treating molars, a dental crown is secured over the tooth to reinforce structural integrity. When treating incisors or canines, a crown may not be necessary. This can be discussed during your consultation.
Benefits of Dental Crowns After Root Canal Therapy
Dental crowns have many benefits when placed after root canal therapy. In follow-up visits and regular checkups, patients at our Rancho Cucamonga note some of the positive outcomes from treatment.
These benefits include but aren’t limited to:
After a root canal, the treated tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Covering the tooth with a dental crown may reduce the potential for temperature sensitivity.
Restore Natural Color
Discoloration in a tooth is a common side effect of root canal therapy. Most teeth that undergo a root canal become gray or otherwise discolored. A tooth-colored dental crown creates a more natural-looking appearance. These aesthetic crowns may be made entirely from ceramic materials or consist of porcelain fused to metal.
Protect from Infection
After an invasive procedure like root canal therapy, the risk of infection to a tooth increases. A dental crown helps prevent future infections, which ensures the success of the initial root canal procedure. When bacteria enters a tooth after root canal therapy, the tooth will require retreatment or extraction.
Molars endure significant pressures when we chew food. Molars need structural reinforcement that a crown can provide. After root canal therapy, crowns fortify molars for long-lasting, comfortable daily function. You can smile naturally and eat many of your favorite foods without discomfort.
Learn More About Dental Care Treatments
Root canal therapy may be just what you need if you suffer from a persistent toothache. Dr. Mateja will conduct a comprehensive oral health evaluation, take x-rays, and determine the ideal treatment for your needs. To learn more about your treatment options, contact our practice online. You can also call Dr. Mateja at (909) 989-5959.