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Why Do I Need a Crown After a Root Canal? 

Dec 29 2021

Getting a root canal may seem like an intensive dental procedure, but it is one of the most common ways to remedy severe cavities and tooth decay. After getting a root canal, it’s very likely that your dentist will insist upon installing a dental crown. Here’s what you should know about dental crowns after root canals, why they’re necessary, and how Distinctive Dental Solutions can provide a range of dental services. 

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment, which means that it treats the inside of the tooth. When the pulp of a tooth, which is located within the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause decay, pain, and other oral health complications. A root canal removes the infected pulp, cleans the inside of the area called the root canal, and then fills up the now-existing gap in the tooth and seals it to prevent future decay and infection. 

Some signs that you may need a root canal include severe pain while biting or chewing, swollen gums, darkening of gums, severe sensitivity to hot or cold, and even bumps or pimples on the gums. 

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a dental restoration process that involves placing a cap on top of damaged teeth. Crowns are most typically used to correct the shape of damaged teeth, or to protect teeth that have been restored or have undergone other dental procedures. Today, most dental crowns are made out of a ceramic resin, porcelain, or a pressed ceramic. This is different from crowns of the past, which were typically metal. 

Why You Need a Crown After a Root Canal

Whether or not you need a dental crown after a root canal can depend on a few different factors, including, importantly, the location of the root canal. If the root canal is towards the back of the mouth, a root canal is more likely, as these teeth do a lot of work in chewing food. The root canal will help to protect the tooth, improve healing, and prevent more damage.  Caring for a dental crown is relatively easy and involves practicing good oral hygiene like normal and avoiding certain foods that may cause problems. 

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today

If you have been suffering from tooth or gum pain, there is help available. While a root canal can seem scary, in the long term, your oral health will be much improved. To learn more about root canals, dental crowns, and other dental services, reach out to our team at Distinctive Dental Solutions directly today. We are here to serve you. 

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