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what is a crown on a tooth after a root canal? are they the gold or silver caps? or is there one that's white?

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
Zirconia crown: The most common placement is a porcelain fused to metal crown. For aesthetics and strength, speak to your dentist about a zirconia crown.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Crowns: Crowns are full coverage restorations that replace the entire exposed tooth. They are often needed due to excessive decay (what necessitated the root canal in the first place). There are numerous esthetic material that can be used.. discuss with your dentist.
Dr. Scott Terry
Dr. Scott Terry commented
Dentistry 29 years experience
I tell my patients that a crown is like a custom-made baseball cap for your tooth. They go around the entire outside of the tooth and make them stronger. Tooth colored crown materials are readily available and are very strong. Ask your dentist what types of crowns are available.
Oct 19, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Two basic options: Porcelain fused to metal and All ceramic. Regardless the material, the restoration to seal the tooth must be started within 4 weeks, after completion of the root canal treatment.
Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Protection: A crown is a manmade protective covering for a tooth sometimes referred to as a cap. Teeth that have had root canal treatment may physically be more prone to cracking or fracturing for a variety of reasons. According to some studies they may have a 6X greater risk of breaking. Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, gold, porcelain, etc. Ask your DDS for what's best for you.

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