A root canal is a common procedure used to treat an infected tooth. Though many patients are weary of it, you should know that most times it’s quite a simple treatment.
But what if the infected tooth is currently protected by a dental crown? How will the root canal be done then?
Well, the short answer is that it depends. A dentist may have multiple options for performing a root canal when a tooth has a crown on top. Find out about these options below:
Yes, technically, a dental crown is cemented on top of a natural tooth both to restore it and protect it from dental damage like infections.
However, these situations aren’t unheard of. You can develop an infection if plaque and tartar build up around the crown, eventually allowing bacteria to get underneath and attack the tooth. This happens due to poor oral hygiene habits.
Other explanations can include:
Root canals are usually done in these steps:
The procedure is virtually the same, even if your tooth has a dental crown.
The difference lies in the cleaning process and how the dentist can reveal the infected tissue underneath. They may have these options:
If you’re wondering which scenario applies to you, come see Dr. Joel Darrah for a consultation to find out.
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