Essenmacher Family Dental

Do I need a crown after a root canal?

April 18, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher, DDS
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To Need a Dental Crown, Or Not to Need a Dental Crown

Whether or not a tooth needs a crown after a root canal depends on how large the cavity was, and which tooth is being treated.

Why Might I Need a Dental Crown After a Root Canal?

After the infected nerve is removed during the root canal procedure, the tooth is less resistant to fracture.  This is especially true for back teeth, which take the majority of the chewing force.  So if your tooth had a very large cavity or filling prior to the root canal procedure, and especially if the tooth is a back tooth, a crown will be recommended to protect the tooth from fracturing.

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Having an evaluation done with Dr. Essenmacher is the best way to see which treatment is best suited for your particular situation. Contact our comfortable office to schedule a consultation to have Dr. Essenmacher evaluate your oral health needs. 

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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