Root Canal Treatments (RCTs) are an extremely effective treatment where the nerve inside a tooth is infected or has died.
IT'S CRAZY the number of patients I see with a tooth that has been treated with a root canal but then the tooth needs to be extracted because they have not done this one thing.
I would never have a root canal on a molar tooth without doing this as well.
WHAT IS THE ONE SIMPLE THING? A DENTAL CROWN
When you have a Root Canal, the infected or dead pulp (nerve) is removed from the centre of your tooth. This is done to save the tooth as well as prevent decay and infection spreading into your jawbone.
Where the pulp used to be, is then filled with a filling material, but the tooth is not as strong as it once was as the middle of the tooth is now missing.
On a front tooth, a canine and most premolars this is not a problem, as these teeth do not have large cavities where the pulp once was.
In molars the cavity is much larger and so the tooth needs to be strengthened to protect it from cracking or splitting.
A molar tooth (back tooth) that has a Root Canal is 6X more likely to crack than a non treated molar!
Only 1/3 of root canal treated molars will survive more than 5 years!
WHAT A DENTAL CROWN DOES?
A dental crown fits over the tooth and looks like a natural, white tooth and is made from very strong ceramic material.
A dental crown is strong enough so you can eat and chew on your root canal treated tooth without concern that it may crack or split.
A crown also seals off the tooth so that it can avoid any reinfection.
A DENTAL CROWN WILL SAVE YOU MONEY?
You might think that you have spent enough money on the tooth having a Root Canal Treatment, but crowning a Root canal treated molar tooth will also save you money in the long term.
If a uncrowned molar tooth is to split then there is no way of saving the tooth.
At this point the only option is to extract the tooth even after all of the treatment it has had.
Then you need to look at replacing the tooth with an implant or a bridge or a denture all of which are more expensive than a dental crown.
Go that extra step, you have saved the tooth, now protect it!
Same day crowns are available at Clubb Dental.
If you have any further questions about Root Canals or Dental Crowns or any other dental question please give us a call or send us a message, we would love to help.