I Had a Root Canal. Now I Need a Crown?
You might be surprised to learn that after a root canal in our Lake Worth dental office, you might also need a dental crown. These extensive efforts can seem heroic and might come at a larger expense than you originally imagined. Saving a natural tooth, however, is typically the best way to protect your oral health and is less expensive than replacing a missing tooth.
Why Root Canal Teeth Deserve a Crown
Typically, people have root canals because they have a serious and often painful infection deep within the tooth near the nerve. Root canal treatment cleans out the damaged tissue and nerve fibers, but because the blood supply is removed, the tooth can become brittle. This is why we often recommend a dental crown following a root canal in our Lake Worth, FL dental office.
Why Not Just Extract the Tooth?
It might seem like a reasonable alternative to extract a troubled tooth, especially if you cannot see it when you smile. Unfortunately, however, it is rarely a good idea to extract a tooth without a tooth replacement option, which is often more expensive than simply treating the root canal tooth and protecting it with a dental crown.
Consequences of tooth loss:
- Bone loss under extraction site
- Sunken facial appearance
- Drifting teeth leading to a misaligned bite
- Exposure of sensitive roots
- Periodontal disease
- Jaw dysfunction
- Uneven wear
Even if you cannot see the missing tooth, it certainly has consequences for your oral health. If, however, you are interested in teeth replacement of a root canal tooth or prefer an extraction. Dental implants provide a long-term and stable solution with all of the benefits of your natural tooth. Dr. Kyle Kromrey will present all of your options and help you make a choice that works best for you and your oral health.