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Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stanley Siu
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Frequently

Oftentimes a tooth that needs a root canal, does so because of a deep cavity.
Many of these teeth have lost much of their strength, so a crown is made to protect it. A thoughtful dentist will thoroughly evaluate what your individual conditions are and advise you if a crown is necessary or not.

In brief: Frequently

Oftentimes a tooth that needs a root canal, does so because of a deep cavity.
Many of these teeth have lost much of their strength, so a crown is made to protect it. A thoughtful dentist will thoroughly evaluate what your individual conditions are and advise you if a crown is necessary or not.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on location

If a tooth other than a front tooth has a root canal, a crown may be an excellent solution for appearance & protection of the tooth.
If a crown is not placed, brittle teeth can break down, become decayed & most of the time the tooth is lost. After extraction a bridge or implant is a possible remedy. Hopefully bone grafting material was placed when the failing tooth was extracted.

In brief: Depends on location

If a tooth other than a front tooth has a root canal, a crown may be an excellent solution for appearance & protection of the tooth.
If a crown is not placed, brittle teeth can break down, become decayed & most of the time the tooth is lost. After extraction a bridge or implant is a possible remedy. Hopefully bone grafting material was placed when the failing tooth was extracted.
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Agreed

Agreed, also root canal treated teeth can darken over time.
..This may be an unsightly esthetic concern. Methods to treat this situation can be crowns, non-vital bleaching and possibly veneers (the strength of the remaining tooth should be re-evaluated prior to this).

In brief: Agreed

Agreed, also root canal treated teeth can darken over time.
..This may be an unsightly esthetic concern. Methods to treat this situation can be crowns, non-vital bleaching and possibly veneers (the strength of the remaining tooth should be re-evaluated prior to this).
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Crown / root canal

We usually put a crown on after a root canal.
The reason is that the structural integrity is compromised after a root canal on posterior teeth. I have found the teeth become brittle after a root canal. We put a crown on the tooth to act like a helmet to protect the tooth form the forces of chewing. Root canaled teeth also can change color, which can be masked by a crown.

In brief: Crown / root canal

We usually put a crown on after a root canal.
The reason is that the structural integrity is compromised after a root canal on posterior teeth. I have found the teeth become brittle after a root canal. We put a crown on the tooth to act like a helmet to protect the tooth form the forces of chewing. Root canaled teeth also can change color, which can be masked by a crown.
Dr. James Merrett
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Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry

In brief: Most of the time

All posterior teeth require it to prevent the tooth from breaking.
Some anterior teeth also require it.

In brief: Most of the time

All posterior teeth require it to prevent the tooth from breaking.
Some anterior teeth also require it.
Dr. James Anderson
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Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry

In brief: Sometimes

Teeth in back of your mouth (molars and premolars) often need a crown after having a root canal to prevent tooth fracture.
Sometimes teeth in front of your mouth also need a crown after a root canal. C.

In brief: Sometimes

Teeth in back of your mouth (molars and premolars) often need a crown after having a root canal to prevent tooth fracture.
Sometimes teeth in front of your mouth also need a crown after a root canal. C.
Dr. Aaron Cook
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry

In brief: In most cases yes

Teeth that have been treated with a root canal are typically crowned.
This is done for two main reasons. First, after the root canal the tooth may become brittle. A crown keeps the tooth from breaking. Secondly, the crown provides a seal to keep bacteria from entering the root and causing the root canal to fail.

In brief: In most cases yes

Teeth that have been treated with a root canal are typically crowned.
This is done for two main reasons. First, after the root canal the tooth may become brittle. A crown keeps the tooth from breaking. Secondly, the crown provides a seal to keep bacteria from entering the root and causing the root canal to fail.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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