If a tooth has been saved by root canal treatment, a crown is almost always recommended in order to make the tooth strong again. Strength needs to be added to the tooth for multiple reasons: there may not be adequate tooth structure left to place a filling, the tooth no longer has a blood supply which makes it weaker, and the inner part of the tooth has been minimized. All of these factors put the tooth at a higher risk for fracturing. If a tooth develops a vertical, which is when the tooth cracks down the side of its root, the tooth can no longer be saved and will need to be removed. So to best protect your investment in saving your teeth with a root canal. invest in a crown. Let us know if you have any questions about root canals or crown procedures!
– from Kirsten M. (Dental Assistant)