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A 34-year-old member asked:

what is worse, a crown, root canal procedure, or extraction?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ashish Naik
General Practice 16 years experience
What is worse?: To me worse is what is the hardest to recover from. A crown and root canal can be done with little to no pain and very little post op discomfort. Both also involve restoring your mouth. An extraction can be done with very little pain, but does involve some pressure sensation during the procedure and also leaves you in a position where your body has to heal or still has to be restored.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Depends: If the tooth has healthy roots and surrounding periodontal tissues then a root canal treatment and a crown would be the treatment of choice. But if the tooth is infected and might have a poor prognosis , then extraction would probably be the best treatment . Your dentist would be able to give you the right advise after examination.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Extraction is worse: Many people consider extraction of infected tooth a better option than root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is tooth preservation procedure. Root canal treatment with dental crown will be less expensive and more predictable than getting tooth extraction done followed by replacement of missing tooth with dental implants. Both procedures are painless and safe.

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Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

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First fix root canal: Most good general dentists can do routine root canal work.This must be rx first and inflammation/infection allowed to completely heal. Temporary filling, will likely be used. Permanent work, crown, etc. Will be dependent on the character of the tooth. An honest dentist will do work if he is confident @ it, or or will refer you to specialist for next step, and then refer u back to generalist.
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How long after a root canal should I get a crown put in?

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Dr. James Wright
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Asymptomatic : When the tooth is asymptomatic. Your dentist will proceed to seat your crown. Waiting too long can lead to tooth loss, so remember to complete your crown within 2 months, unless there are unusual circumstances which cause your dentist to wait.
A 30-year-old member asked:

After he does the root canal does dentist replace crown?

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Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
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Depends: Did the dentist made a hole through the top of your crown to do the root canal? If so then, and the rest of the crown is ok and there is no decay anywhere else on the tooth, a filling can be placed in the hole that was made to do the root canal. After the years pass by, this crown may need to be replace or the fillng replaced depending on how it holds up.
Dr. Gregory Gang
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A 49-year-old member asked:

How long after root canal will i be able to get a crown?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Your Choice: A correctly placed post and core needs to be placed first to make the tooth strong (like why rebar is placed in concrete). Then a crown can be placed at any time.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How long am i suppose to wait between having a root canal and a crown?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Soon: You want to have a crown done as soon as you are free from symptoms from the root canal, usually within a month. Talk to your dentist or endodontist about your particular tooth for the best timeframe for you.

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