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A 39-year-old member asked:

Filling caused root canal and crown - dentist at fault?

7 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rea Middleton
Dentistry 15 years experience
Not Necessarily : If the tooth had a large cavity, large filling or a crack then the root canal and crown may have been unavoidable. Sometimes we (dentists) try to be conservative or shall i say a hero and try to do a filling on a tooth that needs a root canal and/or a crown. You should trust your dentist feel free to ask questions and request your xrays and get a second opinion if you are ever not sure.
Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 45 years experience
Need more info: Root canal treatment is usually needed to treat an infection. On occasion it is required for restoring the tooth to function. If the pulp (organ found in tooth) was exposed due to depth of decay root canal treatment is appropriate. Please offer more information that lead up to your treatment. I am unable to offer any further opinion.
Cosmetic Dentistry 42 years experience
Damaged tooth: Dental fillings do not cause a tooth's nerve to detriorate. By the time a tooth requires a large filling, the inside of the tooth has already sustained irritation. Teeth respond differently to treatment. The dentist is not at fault for redering care. The patient is responsible for the original condition of the tooth. There could be an internal fracture due to habitual clenching.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
No: With the change of a filling or fixing deep decay you run the risk of the nerve dying and the need of root canal.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes, No, Maybe?: I can't give you a better answer than that. I didn't examine you, see x-rays of the tooth nor treat you (nor watch what the dentist did or did not do). I understand how you might feel relating the two in a cause\effect relationship, but teeth often require rct even with the best dentist doing all the right things. Who is at fault for getting the cavity in the first place?
Dr. Danni Sayman
19 years experience
NO: Root canal is a consequence of an old filling probably cracked, leaking, with caries underneath. Root canal will eliminate the infection and crown will protect the tooth. Dentist is ok.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Not necessarily : Without more information it is impossible to tell. With any larger cavity you run the risk of needing a root canal and/or crown.

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Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 51 years experience
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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

After he does the root canal does dentist replace crown?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 10 years experience
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
undefined 39 years experience
If the tooth didn't have a crown at the time of the root canal and the tooth is badly decayed or broken a crown and would be indicated
Mar 22, 2013
Last updated Jun 21, 2015


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