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Why Do I Need a Crown After My Root Canal? Atlanta, GA
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Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure performed to save a tooth that has been severely damaged or infected. While this treatment can relieve pain and preserve the natural tooth, it’s often followed by another important procedure: the placement of a dental crown. Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta explains why a dental crown is typically recommended after a root canal and how this combination ensures the long-term health and functionality of your tooth.

The Purpose of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is designed to remove the infected or inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth. This can be necessary due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. By removing the damaged tissue, cleaning the internal space, and sealing the tooth, a root canal can eliminate pain and stop the spread of infection.

However, while root canal therapy addresses the immediate problem inside the tooth, it can also leave the tooth weaker and more susceptible to fracture. This is where the role of a dental crown becomes crucial.

The Role of a Dental Crown After Root Canal Therapy

  1. Restoring Strength: After a root canal, your tooth can become brittle and weakened due to the removal of a significant amount of its structure. A dental crown provides strength and support, restoring the tooth’s ability to function normally when you bite and chew.
  2. Protecting Against Further Damage: A tooth that has undergone root canal treatment is more vulnerable to cracks and fractures. A crown acts as a protective shell, covering and safeguarding the tooth from further damage and potential loss.
  3. Sealing Out Infection: While the root canal procedure involves sealing the cleaned and shaped canals, a crown adds an additional layer of protection against bacteria, reducing the risk of future infections.
  4. Improving Aesthetics: Root canal therapy can sometimes cause a tooth to become discolored or darkened. A dental crown can be customized to match the color of your natural teeth, improving the aesthetic appearance and restoring confidence in your smile.

The Process of Getting a Crown After a Root Canal

After Dr. Suway completes your root canal therapy, he will typically prepare your tooth for a crown by shaping it and taking impressions. These impressions are then used to create a custom crown that fits perfectly over your tooth. While waiting for your permanent crown, you may receive a temporary one to protect the tooth. Once your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Suway will ensure a proper fit and cement it into place, completing the restoration.

The Importance of Following Through with Crown Placement

It’s essential not to delay the placement of a dental crown after root canal therapy. Without a crown, a treated tooth is at a higher risk of breaking, which could necessitate additional dental work or even lead to the loss of the tooth. Following through with the crown placement as recommended by Dr. Suway ensures the longevity of your root canal treatment and the overall health of your tooth.

At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta, we understand the importance of comprehensive dental care. Root canal therapy and subsequent crown placement are critical steps in preserving your dental health and functionality. If you have questions about root canals, dental crowns, or any other dental procedures, please contact us. We are here to ensure that your dental experience is positive and that your oral health is maintained for years to come.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Wayne G. Suway

1820 The Exchange SE, #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752

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