When your endodontist performs root canal therapy, he or she will go to great lengths to clean and remove the bacteria and decay that caused the toothache. Your endodontist has various techniques and materials to help in this process and to prevent any further bacteria from entering. After the root canal is finished however, it is in your hands to ensure the ultimate success of that investment. A common but critical mistake that individuals make is procrastinating the placement of the final crown. By living with a temporary and not getting a permanent crown, you place your root canal at a high risk for re-exposure to bacteria and the need for retreatment or worse – tooth extraction. Before you get a root canal, make sure to have a plan with your dentist to get your dental crown started. Here is why it is so important:
Why You Need A Crown: When Your doctor performs a root canal, he or she will remove a large amount of tooth structure, leaving the remaining tooth substantially weakened – it’s similar to the difference between a straw and a chopstick. In addition to the missing structure, the tooth has also lost its supply of blood and nutrients which overtime will desiccate (dry out) the tooth and make it brittle. For these two reasons, the tooth will be more likely to fracture and allow bacteria to leak into the cleaned environment that your endodontist worked hard to create and ultimately can cause the root canal to fail.
What You Can Avoid By Getting A Crown:
- Bacterial leakage and the need for root canal retreatment
- Tooth extraction
- Fractured crown (with a subsequent need for tooth extraction)
Because not every tooth needs a crown after a root canal, be sure to talk to Dr. Jon Jensen to learn more about taking care of your investment. If you live in the Orem or Provo area, please call Cascade Endodontics; we are happy to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have.