A root canal procedure is a common treatment for an infected tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay or in an accident. The procedure involves removing the damaged tissue inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and filling it with a special material.
Although your dentist fills the hole with a temporary filling to protect the tooth following root canal treatment, you will have to return for a follow-up appointment for a permanent restoration. This may be a permanent filling or a dental crown.
Root Canal Treatment Success Rate
A root canal is often the only way to save a tooth from extraction if a dental infection or abscess has reached the pulp chamber, especially in dental emergencies. Endodontic procedures like a root canal have a very high success rate, with one 2016 longitudinal study stating that 98% of root canal treatments last for at least one year, 92% for five years, and 86% for 10 years or longer.
However, for those that aren’t successful, several factors can contribute to root canal failure, including inadequate removal of infected tissue, poor aftercare and oral hygiene, and insufficient support structures such as dental crowns.
How Long Does a Root Canal Last Without a Crown?
The longevity of a tooth after a root canal procedure can vary depending on the initial condition of the tooth.
A tooth that was in good health with more natural structure before the procedure may be able to last longer without a crown. However, if the tooth was damaged or weakened from multiple restorations or extensive decay, it may not be as strong without a crown. This can result in chips and cracks that can introduce bacteria into the tooth or breakage below the gum line that cannot be restored.
The quality of the root canal procedure can also impact how long the tooth will last. If the procedure was performed correctly and all the infected or damaged tissue was removed, your tooth may last longer without a crown. But if the tooth wasn’t thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, your tooth may be more susceptible to future damage.
The type of filling material used during the root canal procedure can also play a role in the tooth’s longevity. Some filling materials are stronger and more durable than others, which may lead to a longer lifespan for the tooth without a crown. At Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer metal-free dentistry for a long-lasting natural alternative to amalgam.
Although your tooth may last without a crown, your dentist may prescribe a dental crown to provide additional protection and support for the tooth.
What are the Benefits of Getting a Crown After a Root Canal
Root canal therapy is critical for restoring your oral health. But for long-lasting results, you may need a crown placed on the filled tooth. Getting a crown after a root canal procedure can offer several benefits for your tooth:
Restores a Weak Tooth
The tooth becomes weaker after the root canal procedure as the nerve and blood supply have been removed. A crown provides additional support and protection to the tooth, helping it to function as normal and withstand regular bite force.
A crown can prevent infection by sealing the tooth, keeping bacteria out of the tooth, and preventing re-infection. A crown protects the tooth from further damage, such as cracks or chips.
Reduces Tooth Sensitivity
Because some of the tooth’s protective enamel outer layer is removed during a root canal, you may experience increased tooth sensitivity following the procedure. A crown can reduce tooth sensitivity by providing a barrier between the tooth and hot, cold, sugary, or acidic substances.
Restores Your Tooth’s Natural Appearance
A crown is custom-made to match your tooth’s shape, size, and color, providing a natural-looking restoration. Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry uses metal-free dental filling materials, including composite resin and glass ionomer. These materials are color-matched to your teeth and have a naturally luminous luster that mimics your enamel.
Visit Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for Long-Lasting Restorations
If you are experiencing tooth pain due to an infected tooth, book an appointment with Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. During your consultation, our experienced dental professionals can inspect your tooth using a digital X-ray machine to pinpoint the source of the infection. If your dentist recommends a root canal, they can create a personalized treatment plan that may include placing a dental crown.
Contact Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation and restore your smile.