Essenmacher Family Dental

Why Do I Need a Crown after a Root Canal?

August 25, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher, DDS
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While many patients may attempt to avoid root canal treatment, this tooth-saving procedure is a positive way for your Albuquerque dentist to save a tooth that has an infection. 

The pain from root canal treatment stems from the symptoms involved with infection. Once the root canal is complete, you can generally count on feeling significantly better following the root canal and wholly healed within about a week.

Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher may recommend a dental crown after root canal treatment. 

Root Canal Therapy Makes Teeth Brittle

When performing root canals, your dentist will eliminate the infection and diseased tissue from the inside to the tooth’s canal, which also includes the nerve fibers and blood vessels, causing the teeth to become brittle and more likely to break or fracture.

A dental crown encases the tooth, adding strength by absorbing the force of chewing.

Root Canal Teeth May Look Dark

Because of nerve damage, root canal teeth often have a dark appearance, looking brown or gray against other, brighter looking teeth. For patients, this can cause feelings of self-consciousness. A porcelain dental crown is designed to blend in and match your other teeth. Dr. Essenmacher meticulously designs dental crowns in her Albuquerque dental office to have the same color and shading as adjacent teeth.

Choosing a dental crown on a tooth, especially those that show when you smile, can significantly improve your smile’s uniformity.

Root Canal Therapy and Crowns Prolong Tooth Health

When you have an experienced dentist looking after your oral health, your root canal treatment combined with the protection of a dental crown can prolong the life of your tooth by years or even decades with the proper care.


Contact Our Albuquerque Office Today!

At Essenmacher Family Dental, our dentist and staff strive to make each procedure pain-free. If you have anxiety or fear associated with the dentist, please contact us today. Our caring and compassionate staff has a special gift for turning your dental experience into a positive one.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher