If you have had root canal treatment, or have been advised that you need it, it’s often recommended that you have a dental crown placed over that tooth after treatment. Many patients ask why dental crowns are so highly recommended. If you have broken a tooth or have a heavily filled tooth, a dental crown may also be the answer.
During root canal therapy, the nerve and pulp of your tooth is removed. This leaves just the outside shell of your tooth – which appears normal, but is missing its blood supply and nerve system.
This causes the tooth to be dry, brittle and fragile, meaning it can easily crack or fracture quite badly. A dental crown is made of metal and porcelain, and it covers your tooth entirely.Crowns are extremely strong and long-lasting, which is why they are a perfect solution to strengthen teeth after root canal.
We highly recommend crowning teeth that are heavily filled, or that have had root canal therapy, as the chances of your natural tooth cracking or breaking is quite high. To avoid complications after root canal therapy, your best option is to crown the treated tooth.
A dental crown can last up to 50 years or more – based on it’s material strength. However, how you care for your crowns can determine their longevity. While the crown itself may last a lifetime, severe gum disease, active decay and poor dental hygiene can cause dental crowns to fail.
It’s crucial to maintain immaculate dental health before, during and after dental crown treatment to ensure you get the best result and avoid complications. While dental crowns are more costly than fillings or temporary solutions, they are far more durable and effective after root canal.
Considering a dental crown? Invest in your health and well-being, and book a consultation today.