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Types of Crowns for Root-Canal Treated Teeth
We know that hearing you need a root canal and crowns may bring some fear and anxiety about having the procedure done. The most important thing for patients to remember is that root canals are a common procedure that dentists complete every day, and that the hype around the procedure that is heard in movies and TV shows is just that.
The procedure is actually very straight forward and causes minimal discomfort. Although there was more discomfort in the past, with advancements in dental technology and practices, this has been greatly reduced and streamlined.
How do root canals work?
X-rays are the first step in the process. This way the dentist knows what they are working with.
After that, a local anesthetic is put on the infected area to make sure the patient feels minimal pain. A small hole in the infected tooth will be made to clear out the pulp that is infected and inflamed within the tooth. The pulp chamber is the core of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels lay. This is also where the infection is. So the first step in a root canal is to make sure the area is completely cleared as to not cause any further pain or medical danger to the patient.
The next part will consist of multiple X-rays being taken. These are to ensure that everything in the tooth is completely cleared.
After this, a process of cleaning with water and an air tool helps to ensure the tooth is clean and ready to be filled with a temporary filling.
The dentist then will schedule a second appointment. This appointment will focus more on the crown and getting you back to your best smile.
Time to put a crown on it
The second and final appointment will mostly be about the crown. It is at this point your dental professional will go over the different types of crowns that are available to you.
There are four types of dental crowns: all-ceramic or all-porcelain, porcelain-fused to metal, all-metal and all-resin.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain
This is the type of crown that would be best for the front of the smile because it is an easy color match. But it is not as strong as other crowns are. This choice is also good for patients with a metal allergy.
Porcelain-fused to metal
This type of crown is sturdy yet aesthetically pleasing. It is a piece of porcelain with metal on the bottom, so the crown has a much easier time blending with the natural color of the surrounding teeth. Having that base of metal gives it a durability that others do not, while still giving the best look. The drawbacks are that the porcelain can chip, but it is suitable to crown a root canal.
This is typically the longest-lasting and most efficient type of permanent crown. The biggest drawback would the metallic look in the mouth. Depending on the placement of the root canal, the metallic appearance may not be an issue.
This is going to be the most cost-effective, but also the least durable. This would not be an ideal crown for a molar root canal or any type of tooth that see a lot of friction or use.
Ask your dentist
The best thing to do when it comes to deciding what is best for you is to ask your dental professional what would be the best for your comfort and budget. If you have any questions, then do not hesitate to call us today. We are more than happy to help.
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