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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kirk

If I need a crown do I have to get a root canal too?

The short answer is: sometimes, but not always.


The need for a crown and a root canal is very case specific.


A crown is used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, fractures, or other forms of trauma. The crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, providing protection and restoring its shape and function.


A root canal is a procedure designed to address issues when the tooth's pulp is infected or damaged. When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to issues such as deep cavities or physical trauma, a root canal is performed to remove the damaged tissue. This helps alleviate pain and prevents the spread of infection. Once the root canal is completed, a crown may be suggested to strengthen and protect the tooth, especially if it has lost a significant amount of structure. A crown is needed in most cases after a root canal on a back tooth and sometimes on front teeth.


The two procedures often work together to provide a comprehensive solution for restoring a tooth's function and aesthetics.


It's essential to consult with your dentist for a thorough examination and personalized advice based on your unique dental condition. Dentists can assess the extent of damage, discuss treatment options, and guide you through the process to maintain optimal oral health.

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