A dental crown is a restoration that commonly is bonded after a person receives endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) on his or her tooth. Crowns are used to protect the external structures of teeth, especially those that are damaged by disease or injury. By bonding a dental crown over a tooth that has been treated for endodontics, a tooth can be retained (without the need for extraction) and reinforced for comfortable and optimal oral function.
When is root canal therapy necessary?
Root canal treatment is used to clean and remove infected material inside the root canal chamber. When a tooth is badly damaged, the root canal can become exposed to debris and bacteria, which can infect the material inside the root canal. Root canal treatment is necessary when a person is at risk for losing a tooth due to infection. If an infected root canal is not professionally treated, the tooth will likely become abscessed. Internal tooth infections and abscesses can damage neighboring tissue over time, including gums and bone in addition to causing great discomfort and a reduction of oral function.
How will I know if I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns commonly accompany endodontic treatment because they reinforce the external structures of teeth. For instance, a cracked or chipped tooth reinforced by a dental crown will be able to function as a strong, healthy tooth. The only way you’ll know for certain whether you need a dental crown is after consulting with a dental professional who can perform an examination and take diagnostics.
What material is used to make dental crowns?
A variety of materials can be used to make dental crowns including metals, porcelain, and zirconia. Some patients might favor the durability and affordability of metals while others might prefer the natural appearance of porcelain for their restorations. No matter which type of material is chosen, a person’s dental crown will be custom made to very exact measurements.
Our endodontist is an expert at treating the insides of teeth. If you have been referred to our practice, call our team at Access Endodontics to reserve a consultation.