Sealing your ROOT Canal
The restoration to seal your tooth must be started within 4 weeks after completion of the root canal.
MY TOOTH DOES NOT HAVE A CROWN BACK TEETH (Molars or Bicuspid Pre-molars)
It is extremely important when a tooth has been treated with root canal therapy that it be adequately restored for CHEWING; this is always a crown. Upon completion of your root canal treatment you must return to your general dentist to have a suitable filling and crown placed.
Crowns are ALWAYS done with your general dentist.
Placing a crown is a THREE-step process:
- A suitable base filling is placed; this is called a crown-buildup or core-buildup
- Your tooth is reshaped and the sides and top of the tooth are made smaller. An impression or model of your tooth is made for fabrication of your crown. (Often an interim (temporary) crown protects your tooth until the manufacturing process is complete)
- Your NEW crown is ready to be placed over your tooth. Often referred to as cementing or seating your crown.
Iterim (Temporary) Crowns
- Children, which may be too young for permanent crowns due to growth concerns.
- Adults, who are deploying rapidly in support of military operations.
Your dentist will discuss crown restoration options with you.
MY TOOTH DOES NOT HAVE A CROWN BACK TEETH (Incisors or Cuspids)
It is extremely important when a tooth has been treated with root canal therapy that it be adequately restored for FRONT TEETH this may or may not be a crown.
Front teeth take different stresses, and if your tooth does not already have large fillings, a simple filling to close the opening we make for the root canal, may be adequate.
This is on a case-by-case basis, and we and your general dentist can make recommendations.
If we do not place a restoration for you, your dentist will discuss restoration options with you.
MY TOOTH ALREADY HAS A CROWN: (THERE IS NO DECAY)
If your tooth has a serviceable crown (no decay underneath it), I can place a restoration to seal the crown.
This will complete care for your tooth. No follow-up care for this tooth will be needed with your general dentist.
To prevent the effects of recurrent decay and subsequent re-infection of the root canal, your crown must generally be re-done in 5-7 years. I will make specific recommendations on a case-by-case basis.
Your general dentist will discuss these options with you.
MY TOOTH ALREADY HAS A CROWN: (THERE IS DECAY!)
IF decay is found under a crown, and it must be redone, we will remove the crown to remove all decay and assure your tooth is restorable (needs a NEW filling AND a NEW crown).
Often times we will place the crown-buildup or core-buildup to expedite your follow-up care with your general dentist.