Do I need a crown after root canal therapy?

Root Canal Treatment Houston, TXSo you’ve been told you need a root canal. Now what?

For what is often considered a procedure that involves pain, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Dr. M. H. Peters of Peters Dental Associates is a dental professional in the Houston, TX area who can assist with this procedure—and put patients at ease that they are not going to be in discomfort! In fact, root canal therapy is a procedure performed to help patients in pain. The treatment is done with proper anesthetic and sedation, and requires the removal of the nerves inside the tooth that deliver pain signals to the brain. With removal, patients can alleviate the problem while maintaining their natural tooth in place within the smile.

What occurs during root canal therapy?

This procedure is performed by our dentist to remove the inner portions of the natural tooth to address damage, infection, or other problems that may arise. The tooth is then sealed with gutta percha followed by composite resin bonding. The tooth might then be need a dental crown.

Why do I need a dental crown after root canal therapy?

Because the root canal procedure removes the inner portions of the tooth that keeps it alive, including the blood supply, the tooth can become weak and brittle after the treatment. To keep the tooth from becoming damaged over time, a dental crown, or “cap,” is fabricated for the patient and cemented into place over the prepared tooth. The dental crown is made to match the rest of the teeth in the smile in color, shape, and size, and continues to be an effective way to protect the tooth structure for many years following the procedure.

Find out more about care of your smile after root canal therapy

Contact Dr. M. H. Peters of Houston, TX today to discuss your needs, and find out if you are a candidate for a dental crown after your endodontic treatment. Call (281) 486-8061 and visit the office at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 100. We are always accepting new patients, and encourage current patients to visit our office every six months for an evaluation and dental cleaning.

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