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Why do I need a dental crown on a root canal tooth?

dental crown on a root canal | Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalGentle Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the internal tissue of a tooth, or the tissue surrounding the root tip, becomes infected. Infections cause swelling, which can become quite painful, especially when it involves the nerve. Rather than extracting a tooth, we provide gentle root canal treatment in our Albuquerque dental office.

Part of the process involved in root canal treatment is to remove the nerve and blood supply from the tooth canals. Because the tooth structure is intact, but without a blood supply, the tooth can become brittle.

If the tooth is out of occlusion (the bite) and is not subjected to the pressure caused by chewing, a filling may be enough to protect a root canal-treated tooth. In other cases, however, including root canal treatment on a posterior (back) tooth, a dental crown will offer more stability and longevity for your tooth.

Protect Your Root Canal Tooth

In many cases, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher designs tooth-colored dental crowns in our Albuquerque dental office to protect root canal teeth.

By following through with complete restorative treatment on a troubled tooth, you can prolong the life of your tooth by years – even decades. Saving natural teeth is often the most conservative approach to dentistry. Don’t be discouraged if you need a root canal! It is a tooth-saving procedure that can protect your smile.

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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