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does getting a root canal involve getting a dental filling?

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Dr. Dominick Curalli
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
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Dr. Gary Herskovits
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
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
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
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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