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Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

Back teeth should be: Back teeth (not incisors or canines) that have been root canal treated should have crowns because a root canal treated tooth will become brittle and weaker over time. If a premolar or molar is not crowned, it will inevitably break & may result in tooth loss. Front teeth should be crowned if the tooth was badly broken, is discolored, or if the dentist feels it is susceptible to breakage. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Crown (Definition)

The crown of a tooth is that part of the tooth on top of the root. The crown of the tooth is the part that is visible in the mouth. A crown restoration is a procedure that restores the crown of a tooth that is damaged by fracture or extensive decay by cementing a replica of the crown over a prepared tooth, and is one of the most common ...Read more


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I'm getting a root canal in the morning, will my dentist put a crown on top? As my tooth is discoloured.

I'm getting a root canal in the morning, will my dentist put a crown on top? As my tooth is discoloured.

Yes: after the root canal treatment is finished, it is recommended that a buil up and a crown be placed on the treated tooth. This is not necessarily done at the same appointment. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a dentist to put on a temporary crown before a root canal, and afterwards put on a permanent crown?

Yes: This is normal. A tooth requiring both a root canal and crown will often have the temporary crown placed, followed by completion of the root canal. The root canal does not significantly change the shape of the tooth to be crowned, so the permanent crown will still fit very well when it is put on. ...Read more

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Need an opinion about a root canal!? I had a root canal about 4 years ago. The dentist never put a cap/crown on it. Yesterday it started feeling very sensitive to cold. It does not hurt to chew on that side, doesn't hurt when i push on it and heat doesn't

Need an opinion about a root canal!? I had a root canal about 4 years ago. The dentist never put a cap/crown on it. Yesterday it started feeling very sensitive to cold. It does not hurt to chew on that side, doesn't hurt when i push on it and heat doesn't

Because : Because the nerve in the tooth was removed during the root canal procedure the tooth is unable to respond to changes in temperature. Though every root canal treated tooth does not need a crown, root canal treated teeth are more prone to fracture due to increased brittleness. Fractured teeth typically cause pain on biting pressure or increase the risk of infection as bacteria can migrate down the fracture. I would look at adjacent vital teeth as the source of your discomfort to changes in temperature either due to root exposure of decay. See your dentist as this is a sign that some treatment is required. ...Read more

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Got crown put on 48 hours ago. Been in constant pain since. Was fine before dentist talked me into crown! Will I need a root canal now? Not a molar.

Constant pain: Something is amiss. So hard to tell what it might be without knowing the history of the tooth. Could be your bite, could be an inflamed nerve. Why guess? Let your dentist evaluate it. All the best ...Read more

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Shouldn't the dentist replace crowns after root canal as part of procedure? My dentist would not put the crown he removed from my teeth to do a root canal unless i paid $600.00. He said my insurance did not cover it. If that is true, sould he have told me

Shouldn't the dentist replace crowns after root canal as part of procedure? My dentist would not put the crown he removed from my teeth to do a root canal unless i paid $600.00. He said my insurance did not cover it. If that is true, sould he have told me

Confused: A root canal and a crown are 2 separate procedures. And always 2 separate fees. I don't fully understand your question. Did you have an existing crown on the tooth. If so, existing crows sometimes need replacing and always at an additional fee. If you did not have an existing crown and need a crown, then the crown is an additional and separate fee. Have your dentist discuss this w you! ...Read more

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My front tooth undergone a root canal instead of putting a crown after the treatment, my dentist put a permanent filling. Is it the same with crown?

My front tooth undergone a root canal instead of putting a crown after the treatment, my dentist put a permanent filling.  Is it the same with crown?

No better: actually what you had is better than crown crown is preserved to a tooth that lost some of the surface so instead of removing it the crown will save ir by replacing the lost surface you are good good luck ...Read more

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After he does the root canal does dentist replace crown?

After he does the root canal does dentist replace crown?

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. ...Read more

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I had a root canal 6 years ago and i'm due to get a crown. The dentist said i won't get an injection. Will this be painful?

I had a root canal 6 years ago and i'm due to get a crown. The dentist said i won't get an injection. Will this be painful?

No nerve: It is possible that we can have a crown on root canal tooth without the shot or numbing, if your dentist only planned to place your crown above the gum line and not going to touch your gum tissue. ...Read more

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During a crown prep, I believe the dentist drilled too deep and compromised the pulp. Now he says I need a root canal. Your thoughts, please. ?

During a crown prep,  I believe the dentist drilled too deep and compromised the pulp. Now he says I need a root canal. Your thoughts, please.  ?

A few thoughts..: It was most certainly not in your dentist's treatment plan to have that tooth need root canal therapy. Depending on the extent of the decay or old restorations or angle of the tooth the nerve may have become irreversibly inflamed after the procedure. Without this knowledge it is unfair to pass judgement. Trust plays a vital role in every relationship. Discuss your concerns with your provider. ...Read more

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It has been 3 weeks since root canal was started, I have a temporary crown over it. The area has been hurting pretty bad. The dentist said to wait.

It has been 3 weeks since root canal was started,  I have a temporary crown over it. The area has been hurting pretty bad. The dentist said to wait.

Pin in root canal: If your root canal was started and you are still in pain 3 weeks later their is a problem. You need to be seen by your Dentist because that is not normal. There could be a few different reasons, however the Dentist needs to address your problem. So get in to see him or her! Good Luck! ...Read more

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Filling caused root canal and crown - dentist at fault?

Thanks for asking!: A fillings most important function is to be leak proof. When the tooth is prepared for a filling not all of the bacteria is removed. Some are still hiding in the tooth structure and will continue to decay the tooth at a slower rate when covered by the filling because there is little to no oral fluids leaking in to feed the bugs. In time the bugs win again and then you get a root canal and crown. ...Read more

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13 year old has deep cavity... Dentist says she needs a root canal. Is that safe? She'd have to get a silver crown. Is it better to just pull it?

No-no -no: If your finger was broken would you want it amputated? A root canal would preserve the tooth and keep all the other teeth in line and prevent crooked and shifting of other teeth.A missing tooth can cost more to replace than a root canal and crown. ...Read more

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After a root canal&crown, I am experiencing pain (on/off)and sensitivity to hot & cold. Will I need an extraction now?Dentist is also out for 6 days.

After a root canal&crown, I am experiencing pain (on/off)and sensitivity to hot & cold. Will I need an extraction now?Dentist is also out for 6 days.

Dentist can examine: Each root canal and crown varies in how long it lasts. If symptoms show up, the dentist will have to re-examine it before deciding on what to do next. If the dentist is out of town, and a person is in lots of pain, he can see his primary care doctor or go to the er. After his dentist returns, they can together decide about extraction, implant, etc... ...Read more

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Bottom molar with crown and root canal hurts. Dentist wants to pull it out. Good idea?

Why?: Does your dentist want to remove the crown or the tooth? Is the tooth re-infected, which would lend to having the root canal redone. Or, is the tooth fractured or decayed beyond being repairable? If in doubt see another dentist or an endodontist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Bite: It could be the crown is hitting a touch too hard when you slose. Hope that this is the problem and all you need is a small bite adjustment. ...Read more

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A month after root canal and crown my pre-molar still hurts. The dentist checked it twice and said the canal looks perfect. Is this just sensitive?

A month after root canal and crown my pre-molar still hurts. The dentist checked it twice and said the  canal looks perfect. Is this just sensitive?

CBCT: It might be a bite problem, a micro fracture in the tooth or root, an unfilled accessory canal or some other problem that cannot be seen either on clinical exam or with 2-dementional x-ray. You might want to have a consult with an endodontist who can take a cbct (cone beam ct 3d scan) which often shows previously undetectable problems. Or you can wait it out awhile longer. ...Read more

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