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Root Canal and Crowns

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Posted by: barriebubba  (9 years ago)
I had a crown put in last fall, I now need a root canal. The 2 options the dentist gave me were to drill through the crown, or saw off the crown, do the root canal, and put in a new crown. Why can't the crown be removed, ie, soften the glue, and then replaced. I don't feel like paying for a new crown. Also, if the pain has disappeared from the tooth, will it necessarily come back?



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I had a crown put in last fall, I now need a root canal. The 2 options the dentist gave me were to drill through the crown, or saw off the crown, do the root canal, and put in a new crown. Why can't the crown be removed, ie, soften the glue, and then replaced. I don't feel like paying for a new crown. Also, if the pain has disappeared from the tooth, will it necessarily come back?





Because nothing will soften the cement. With today's adhesives, it is rare that we can remove a crown once it it permanently cemented.

The moral of the story is not to have crowns done unless absolutely necessary, and wherever possible to partial coverage crowns, especially of gold, which requires far less cutting of the tooth.
Posted 9 years ago
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