A crown is a type of dental restoration that is placed over a tooth to protect it from further damage and restore its function. A tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure usually needs a crown for several reasons.
- Structural Protection: A root canal procedure removes the infected or damaged pulp from the tooth, which can leave the tooth weakened and more susceptible to fractures. A crown can provide the tooth with additional strength and protection, helping to prevent future failure.
- Bacterial Protection. A crown reduces the chance of bacteria from the mouth entering the root canal system and causing a re-infection.
- Restoration of function: A crown can restore the tooth’s normal biting and chewing function, making it easier to eat and speak.
- Aesthetics: A crown can improve the appearance of a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure. It can restore the natural shape and colour of the tooth, and improve its overall appearance.
- Preventing tooth from shifting: A crown can help keep the tooth from shifting and maintain the correct spacing between teeth.
It’s important to note that a root canal procedure only treats the inside of the tooth, the crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from external factors and give it back its strength and durability. The crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface and helps to protect the tooth from further damage.
It’s also important to note that not all teeth that have had a root canal procedure need a crown, your dentist will recommend the best option for your specific case.