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Is a root canal always necessary for a crown?

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Old 03-09-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Is a root canal always necessary for a crown?

My dentist recommended that I get a crown put on an upper back tooth. This is because the tooth is mostly filling right now (very little of the real tooth is left I guess) and the filling has grinded to a sharp point and is rough (I can feel it with my tongue). He also recommended a dental guard as it appears I am grinding my teeth in my sleep. He thought with my bite problems, if I don't do this, the grinding will begin to interfere with my other upper teeth on that side and I will need even more crowns.

A friend asked if I would need a ride to the office that day since getting a crown would also require a root canal. My dentist didn't even mention a root canal to me. Are they always necessary when getting a crown? (I am currently having no pain associated with this tooth).


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Old 03-09-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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Re: Is a root canal always necessary for a crown?

I have lots of crowns and have had them for years. I just recently had my first root canal. It was in a tooth that has a crown. The endodontist just drilled right through the crown and then filled it afterward. I had thought the crown would have to be removed to do the root canal. The dentist will do the work and put on a temporary crown. Then in about two weeks, you will go back for the permanent crown. You do not have to get a root canal in order to get a crown. The dentist should tell you IF a root canal is needed. I hope this helps.

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