One common question that my patients ask me after root canal is, Doctor! Should we go for a crown?
The answer is YES! You should go for a crown after root canal treatment. But the answer is NO! you should not go for a crown, immediately after root canal
Let me explain. During the root canal, the damaged portion of the teeth is removed. It involves even the blood vessels and nerves present in the central vital region of teeth (it is called pulp).
Hence after the root canal, the teeth become non-vital. When once the root canal is completed, the teeth become brittle and tend to fracture easily (because of non vitality). The strength of teeth will degrade slowly, as time passes. This is the main reason why teeth should be crowned after the root canal.
A crown not only protects the tooth from being damaged but also aids in giving additional support when we are chewing hard substances. This increases the longevity of the teeth.
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CROWN AFTER ROOT CANAL. HOW LONG CAN I WAIT? SHOULD I HAVE IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ROOT CANAL?
The answer is a definite NO! A root canal can be successful or a failure. There are many reasons for the failure of a root canal. I have seen many patients undergoing crown placement, immediately after the root canal. But this is not a good procedure.
The root canal treated teeth has to be given some time and should be observed how it responds. At times patients have pain after root canal. It can be temporary in some, while can be serious in others.
To know more about why teeth will have pain after a root canal you can click here. Hence the judgment, whether to go for a crown or not, should be decided after a specific period of time.
I preferably say to wait for at least one week after a root canal for my patients. This time will help the dentist and the patient to observe how the teeth are responding. In some instances, the patient may have pain after the root canal for 3 to 4 days, after which it subsides.
In such conditions, patients can happily go for crown placement over that teeth, AFTER 1 WEEK. In other instances, where, the patient may have constant pain even after one week, then it should be considered as a serious issue. It’s always better to consult your dentist for his opinion and future treatment plan. But crown placement in such a condition is definitely, not a piece of wise advice.
How much does it cost to get a crown after a root canal?
The cost usually ranges between $500 to $1500 depending on the region of teeth. The treatment charges may change from region to region. Hence readers are advised to consult their dentist to know the exact price of the dental crown. There are various types of dental crowns available in the market and the cost varies according to the type selected.
Does getting a crown hurt after a root canal?
No. After the root canal, the tooth becomes nonvital and painless. Hence any treatment over the root canal treated tooth will be painless. However, the dentist will always give local anesthesia to the tooth even after a root canal. Hence getting crowns will not hurt your tooth.
I would always recommend my patients wait for at least 1 week after root canal treatment, for crown placement. If the patient has pain after the root canal which subsided within 2-3 days after completion of the procedure, then consult your dentist for the decision of crown over that teeth. If the patient has pain even after 1 week, then crown placement over the teeth is not advisable. Always consult your dentist for further treatment plans.
It’s always better to have a crown on root canal treated teeth – Only when the tooth is completely free from pain
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