A 31-year-old member asked:
does getting a root canal involve getting a dental filling?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Dominick Curalli answered
19 years experience Dentistry
Yes: After a root canal, your tooth will at the very least need to have a filling placed to close the access hole where the root canal was done. In back teeth, a crown is also needed to ensure that the tooth will not break when the root canal is finished.
Answered on Dec 1, 2013
Dr. Gary Herskovits answered
39 years experience Dentistry
Varies: Front teeth genera;;y only need a filling if most of your tooth is intact. Back teeth should get a crown for full protection. See your dentist for what is appropriate for your situation.
Answered on Jan 20, 2013
Dr. John Thaler answered
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Yes: After the root canal treatment is completed, a definitive filling or crown is needed to maintain the seal where the access opening was made and to protect the tooth from fracture.
Answered on Apr 4, 2013
Dr. R Lee Hinson answered
37 years experience Dentistry
Yes. Filling: Of the tooth after root canal treatment is a definitive requirement. The root canal is a root filling. The subsequent tooth filling is in the coronal or top part of the tooth and is just as important as the root canal. Without a good/sealed filling in the tooth afterwards expect problems.
Answered on Apr 20, 2013
Dr. Scott Bobbitt answered
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes and...: One of the main reasons rct fails is neglect if the remaining tooth structure. Oral exposure of the rc filling under leaking/failed dental work allows bacteria to recontaminate in as little as 48hrs. If the tooth needing treatment is broken down, i simply use a "50% rule". That is, if more than half the visible tooth is broken/decayed, you need a crown to support what remains--not a filling.
Answered on Jan 25, 2014
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