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Post for a crown

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Patient
Posted by: pixel896  (8 years ago)
I had a large filling that cracked. The dentist said there was so little tooth structure left and I needed a post and crown to support the tooth. He also said that in order to put the post in, he would need to do a root canal.

Is a root canal really necessary in order to put a post to support the crown? I’ve heard bad results of root canal procedures and I don’t want to go through it as much as possible. Is there no other way to put a support for the crown besides root canal? Please help! Thanks.
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Posted by: mdhola  (8 years ago)
Post provide more support for the crown especially tooth with large fillings and less tooth structure. If your tooth is not able to hold the crown, then your dentist may put post inside root canal to get enough support for it. Post cannot be put in vital tooth it must be put in root canal treated tooth.

Alternative might be, crown lengthening or orthodontic extrusion of tooth. These procedure will help to expose and utilize more of tooth structure. However, it really depends from cases to cases and also sometimes from dentist to dentist. I don't think that there is anything worry about root canal, you might have heard bad things about it but overall success rate for root canal therapy is more than 90% when done properly. You might discuss other alternative options to your dentist.
Hope it helps you!

Thanks!
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Dentist
It's sad, but true. Every time this happens I always wish there were another way. I know it is expensive and takes time, but yes a post is often necessary to retain a core.
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