Research has shown that a tooth becomes brittle after a root canal. Like other brittle objects, a root canalled tooth is prone to fracturing. Evidence has shown that a tooth that had a root canal needs a crown in order to help prevent fractures. The crown will fully cover the visible portion of the tooth, protecting it.
Also, after a root canal, a tooth may not have enough tooth structure for a crown to hold onto. Thus, a procedure called a “post and core” may be necessary to build up the tooth. In a “post and core”, a “post” is placed in the root of the tooth and a “core” of material is built on top of the post. The “post and core” builds up the tooth and provides structure for the crown to hold onto.
So, after a root canal, you should schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist for a crown and possibly a “post and core”. You just invested hard-earned time and money on a root canal, so please protect your investment.
Dr. Kenneth Kerman – Endodontist: Root canal specialist
Endodontist (root canal specialist) Dr. Kenneth Kerman comes to our office two days each week to consult with patients and perform pain-free root canals. Dr. Kerman uses only the most technological equipment and has an amazing amount of training and experience, over 19 years, in root canals. If you think you may need a root canal, please feel free to contact us for an evaluation.