A root canal is a procedure used to treat a large cavity or a badly infected tooth. During the treatment, the dentist will need to remove all the infected tissue, which will leave a hole in the tooth.
In some cases, the hole can be so large that patients will need a dental crown to restore the tooth. And while the role of a crown is to protect the natural tooth from further decay, some might still need another root canal after the crown was placed.
But can a dentist do a root canal in Port Orange without removing the crown?
The answer is: it depends. Keep reading to learn more.
How Is a Root Canal Done Through a Crown?
Dental crowns protect a natural tooth from being exposed to bacteria. However, without good oral hygiene, bacteria can still accumulate around the crown, affect the gums, and even get under the crown.
As a result, the tooth can become infected again and need another root canal. In some cases, the dentist may attempt the procedure through the dental crown. The process is identical to how they would treat a natural tooth.
The dentist drills a hole in the dental crown and begins to remove the infected pulp. Then, they add a filling to fill the hole.
If the damage is severe, however, the dentist will likely need to remove the dental crown to get better access to the infection.
What Happens When You Remove a Dental Crown?
Sometimes, removing a dental crown won’t damage the prosthetic. The dentist can attempt to drill through it with a tool, clean it, and once the root canal procedure is done, they can cement it over the tooth again.
If the dental crown is damaged during the removal process, however, then your only other option is to have it replaced. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to the lab, which can take around 2-3 weeks to have a new crown made.
How to Properly Care for a Dental Crown
To avoid this scenario, it’s important to take a few precautions to care for the crown and your overall oral health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Use fluoride products
- Stop smoking and reduce your sugar intake
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
- Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth while sleeping
- See the dentist routinely for check-ups and professional cleanings
Dealing with a Tooth Infection? We Can Help
If your tooth is infected, Dr. Joseph Smillie and Dr. Helen Smillie can treat it even if you have a dental crown. They may attempt to drill through the crown or help you get a new one in just one day, thanks to CEREC.
To get started, you can book an appointment at Smillie Dental online or call us at (386) 317-4754 today.