When you think of dental crowns, do you also think of root canals? If so, you're not the only one! After all, the two procedures are often performed at the same time. However, it's possible to get a crown without a root canal, and to get a root canal without a crown.
The Connection Between Dental Crowns and Root Canals
When a tooth becomes infected, it can be very painful. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the surrounding tissue and cause serious health problems. A root canal is a treatment performed to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth.
Although root canals are often considered painful, they are actually quite effective at relieving pain and saving teeth. During a root canal, Dr. Michael will first remove the infected tissue. Next, he will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Finally, he will fill the tooth and seal it.
A dental crown (placed by Dr. Michael in our Eagan, MN, dental office) is then positioned over the tooth to protect it from further damage. This dental crown restores the tooth to its original function.
Get Your Smile Back with a Dental Crown
In some cases, it may be possible to place a crown without first having a root canal. While this is typically only an option if the tooth is not badly damaged or decayed and there is no infection.
If you are considering a dental crown, be sure to discuss all of your options with Dr. Michael to ensure that you choose the treatment that is best for you.