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Crowning a tooth without doing a root canal first?

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Posted by: CinSam896  (2 years ago)
Hello!

My first molar on the upper right side was hurting. The dentist put a crown on the tooth. He said if the tooth continues to bother me, I would need a root canal, which will be done through the crown. Is this safe? Wouldn’t it ruin the crown?
Is it common to get a crown without having a root canal done first? My tooth still hurts with the temporary crown on, so does mean a root canal is really needed? Any ideas? Thanks.
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Dentist
Hello!

My first molar on the upper right side was hurting. The dentist put a crown on the tooth. He said if the tooth continues to bother me, I would need a root canal, which will be done through the crown. Is this safe? Wouldn’t it ruin the crown?
Is it common to get a crown without having a root canal done first? My tooth still hurts with the temporary crown on, so does mean a root canal is really needed? Any ideas? Thanks.


It would have been nice if the dentist had temporarily cemented the crown. Then he could have removed it to do the root canal, then recemented the crown. If this was not done, he must drill a hole in the tooth to do the root canal. This will weaken the porcelain in the crown, and it may break later. Which is one of the reasons I prefer gold crowns for back teeth, whenever patients permit me to do them.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 2 years ago
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