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America’s Dental Expert

Root Canals and Crowns

You know it as the worst procedure to get done at the dental office. Even worse than pulling teeth!

It’s the dreaded root canal. I don’t think I’ve come across a single patient who has had a GOOD root canal experience.

And after every root canal, you need to protect the fragile tooth underneath with a crown. Many times I get asked when I prescribe a crown as the recommended treatment to restore a broken tooth “Do I need a root canal?”

The answer is – usually not.

This is another one-way street in dentistry. Every time you get a root canal you need a crown on the tooth, but NOT every time you get a crown do you need a root canal.

A crown can be done on a healthy tooth and it isn’t necessary to do a root canal on it. That isn’t ALWAYS the case, but it usually is.

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