Root canal therapy is an effort to save an infected or damaged tooth. Once you have a root canal, we may recommend that you have a dental crown to strengthen and stabilize your tooth.
Through the process of the root canal procedure, we clean out all of the infection from your tooth, but also the pulp and nerve. Because we remove all of the living parts of your tooth, it can become brittle and more susceptible to cracks and splitting.
Because our jaws exert so much force when we chew, protecting your tooth may be necessary to prevent it from breaking and end up losing the tooth after all. This is especially important if you have a history of grinding your teeth.
Why do we go through all this effort just to save one tooth? Because once you lose a tooth, you can start to lose bone and encounter other serious and costly dental conditions including bone loss and shifting teeth. That is why we put forth such an effort to save your natural teeth, when possible. It is also important to remember that many tooth replacement options are far more costly and time consuming than simply saving your natural tooth.