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Is a crown a good idea after a root canal on a molar, or would a filling be adequate?
23 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dentistry
14 doctors agree
In brief: Crown is better
After a tooth has had a root canal, it loses some of its structural integrity, because the insides of the tooth have been hollowed from the drilling.
As a result, the tooth needs to be reinforced to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing. A filling will fill the hole, but only a crown will cover the whole tooth surface, hold all the pieces together, and dramatically increase longevity.

In brief: Crown is better
After a tooth has had a root canal, it loses some of its structural integrity, because the insides of the tooth have been hollowed from the drilling.
As a result, the tooth needs to be reinforced to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing. A filling will fill the hole, but only a crown will cover the whole tooth surface, hold all the pieces together, and dramatically increase longevity.
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Crown
It is highly recommended to place a crown on teeth after root canals, especially molars.
After a root canal the tooth becomes brittle and a crown keeps the tooth from breaking. More importantly the crown provides a seal against bacteria and ensures that the root canal has a chance to heal and last a long time.

In brief: Crown
It is highly recommended to place a crown on teeth after root canals, especially molars.
After a root canal the tooth becomes brittle and a crown keeps the tooth from breaking. More importantly the crown provides a seal against bacteria and ensures that the root canal has a chance to heal and last a long time.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Crown
After a tooth has a root canal completed, it can become more brittle, and the risk for fracture increases.
A full-coverage crown, or an onlay, will help protect the tooth from fracture. In general, a filling is not enough, though there are exceptions, and your dentist would be the best person to help you make that decision.

In brief: Crown
After a tooth has a root canal completed, it can become more brittle, and the risk for fracture increases.
A full-coverage crown, or an onlay, will help protect the tooth from fracture. In general, a filling is not enough, though there are exceptions, and your dentist would be the best person to help you make that decision.
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dr. Aaron Cook
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If the tooth was previously unrestored, and the root canal treatment was performed through a very small opening without sacrificing much tooth, then i would hesitate removing all that good remaining tooth structure to place a crown, that will ultimately need to be replaced due to decay, resultant gum pocket or material fracture.
I would consider composite or bonded inlay/onlay.

In brief: Depends
If the tooth was previously unrestored, and the root canal treatment was performed through a very small opening without sacrificing much tooth, then i would hesitate removing all that good remaining tooth structure to place a crown, that will ultimately need to be replaced due to decay, resultant gum pocket or material fracture.
I would consider composite or bonded inlay/onlay.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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