It can be used to protect a weak tooth, cover a tooth with a rather large filling, or even cap a tooth following a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?A root canal is a procedure that is meant to remove infection, as well as inflamed pulp, from the interior of your tooth. After a local anesthetic, your dentist drills into the tooth and takes out all of the pulp and the root of the tooth. The canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and then packed with a filling material. In order to protect the tooth from new infection, the tooth is then capped with a crown.
Preparing the ToothAfter the tooth is filled, it is then prepared for the crown. In order for the crown to fit properly, and naturally, over the tooth, it must be filed down. Your dentist will trim the tooth down to a smaller size. Next, he will take a mold of the area and use a color matching guide to make sure that the crown will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. The mold and the color information are then sent off to a lab to create your permanent crown. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary crown to protect the tooth and hold the space.
Your Second VisitWhen your restoration is ready, you will return for a second visit. During this visit, your dentist will check the fit of the crown as well as make sure that it does indeed match the rest of your natural teeth. If everything looks good, the crown will be cemented in place. Once done, you will be able to treat your crown as you would the rest of your teeth, from eating to cleaning.
Having a dental crown installed over a root canal acts as a protective barrier that strengthens the tooth and lets the root stay in the jawbone. Contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure or care of your crown.