A root canal is necessary if your tooth is severely decayed, has been injured or fractured, and the pulp has become infected or inflamed. To preserve the tooth, a root canal is performed to remove the infection or inflammation and seal the tooth to protect it. Not every tooth, however, needs to have a crown placed. Placement of a crown depends on the location of the affected tooth and the degree of damage.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, a root canal involves removing an infected or inflamed pulp, and carefully cleaning and shaping the inside of a canal before filling and sealing the space. After the procedure, a crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to restore it so it functions like the other teeth. You may need to see about getting a root canal if you notice pimples on your gums, or you experience severe pain when you bite or chew. Swollen or tender gums also indicate the need for the treatment, as does deep decay or a darkening of the gums. In addition, a chipped or cracked tooth may lead to root canal therapy.
When Is a Crown Placed?
A crown is usually placed toward the back of the mouth, or on a molar, as the back teeth are used the most often during eating. If the affected tooth is an incisor or canine, a crown may not be needed, as either of these two teeth normally are not required for chewing. If the tooth does not have sufficient structure to hold a restoration, we will suggest a post be placed so we can add the restoration, usually a crown, to protect the tooth.
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