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A 38-year-old member asked:

i've had my root canal several years ago and still no crown over it. if i do that, will the tooth last a life time?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
No guarantees: In medicine and dentistry. We are not dealing with only a product. Even if we were, you probably notices less and less things are guaranteed and when they are, it is for shorter periods of time and with more restrictions. A dentist cannot control how you eat, how well you keep your teeth clean, how often you come in for checkups, etc. Discuss treatment and prognosis with your own dentist.
Dr. Donald Cohen
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: Even with a root canal and crown you may loose your tooth before the end of your life. You will surely loose it if you don't have a crown placed as it will more than likely decay and not have enough tooth left for a crown.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Had a root canal. Afterward dentist gave me a ceramic crown fused to metal and my tooth still bothered me. What other options do I have?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
See your dentist: The root canal therapy may be acting up, or your bite may be high. Needs to be looked at.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Had a root canal and crown tooth still hurts?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
See the Dentist: The dentist needs to check for 3 general possibilities: 1) there is still infection at the end of the root where the root canal was done. 2) the crown is higher than the rest of the teeth and you are biting on this tooth first. 3) the root may be split.

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Last updated Apr 10, 2015

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