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Usually, after a root canal treatment, the tooth is left very vulnerable and weak. This is because much of the inside of the tooth has been removed.
In most instances, we do recommend that a tooth is restored with a crown after having undergone root canal treatment.
How a tooth is weakened after root canal treatment:
- Firstly, the tooth may have had a very large and deep filling, to begin with. This is often the case prior to teeth needing root canal treatments because the infection can get underneath the filling. Deep fillings are close to the nerve inside a tooth and so if an infection was to get underneath this then it can also infect the nerve, hence needing root canal treatment.
- Secondly, in order for the dentist to do the actual root canal treatment, they need to access the roots of the tooth. The only way this is possible is through the middle of the tooth. Often much tooth preparation or cutting is required of both the previous filling and the existing tooth tissue in order for the dentists to “see” and access the root canals. This ultimately leaves the tooth very hollow and weakened. This is very true of back teeth where they have multiple root canals in different angles.
- Thirdly, root canal treated teeth are notorious for breaking or fracturing in the future if left unprotected. This is because they have lost all vitality and the normal “elasticity” that natural teeth have. When normal teeth have biting pressures put on them they are resilient and in effect “bounce” back. But root canal treated teeth are brittle since they have lost that elastic behaviour of natural teeth.
For these reasons, a root canal treated tooth is considered fragile and very much weakened. Therefore, in order to save the tooth, in the long run, we recommend Crown treatment. Find out more.
A crown will protect the tooth from different chewing forces and also support the underlying remaining tooth structure.
Crowns are used to restore and rebuild the structural integrity of the tooth. They can also be made to be aesthetically pleasing and match with the rest of the teeth.
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