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Dental crown after root canal

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Posted by: vianne  (10 years ago)
Several weeks ago, one of my back teeth underwent root canal with filling and screw. Now my denstist is suggesting i also get it shaved down to be fitted with a dental crown. However, the price for a dental crown is quite expensive. So my question is..Is it really necessary to get a dental crown for the same tooth?
(My dentist said, yes because the tooth is already weak due to root canal, so to prevent it from breaking or cracking, it needs a dental crown for reinforcement.)
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Several weeks ago, one of my back teeth underwent root canal with filling and screw. Now my denstist is suggesting i also get it shaved down to be fitted with a dental crown. However, the price for a dental crown is quite expensive. So my question is..Is it really necessary to get a dental crown for the same tooth?
(My dentist said, yes because the tooth is already weak due to root canal, so to prevent it from breaking or cracking, it needs a dental crown for reinforcement.)


dear vianne,
what your dentist said is correct..... root canal treated teeth tend to become brittle, so would need extra protection with a full crown.... and in your case it is a back tooth which has to bear a lot of chewing force....... if u postpone getting the crown, u always carry the risk of tooth fracture, which if occurs, the tooth wont have good prognosis....... having a crown on an rc treated back tooth is always a good option..... remember the saying '' prevention is better than cure''
Posted 10 years ago
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Posted 10 years ago
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Dentist
Several weeks ago, one of my back teeth underwent root canal with filling and screw. Now my denstist is suggesting i also get it shaved down to be fitted with a dental crown. However, the price for a dental crown is quite expensive. So my question is..Is it really necessary to get a dental crown for the same tooth?
(My dentist said, yes because the tooth is already weak due to root canal, so to prevent it from breaking or cracking, it needs a dental crown for reinforcement.)


If the ENTIRE top of the tooth was covered with SILVER AMALGAM filling, AND the contacts between the teeth are good, a filling like this could last 20 years or more. I have many photos of such fillings done at the beginning of my practice.

If done in composite, it will not last nearly so long.

Of course, a crown would be ideal, and much prettier.
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