Endodontic treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a crown. Before engaging this endodontic procedure it’s important to know the answer to this common questions about the crown:

  • Does getting a dental crown hurt after a root canal?

We use local anesthesia to avoid discomfort during the process, but it is not painful, your tooth is completely numb.

  • Is a cap always put on after a root canal?

Yes, your tooth requires to be protected 360° to prevent fractures and root canal contamination.

  • Can I opt out of a crown after a root canal?

Since the removal of the pulp is part of a successful root canal, the tooth is fragile without the insides therefore if you don’t get a crown your tooth could fracture and end up in an extraction.

  • How long after a root canal should you get a crown?

Its recommendable to do it as soon as the root canal it´s done and not to wait more than 2 weeks.

  • What are the benefits of dental crowns?

Give protection to the areas of your tooth that receive more trauma during the chewing process, preventing the tooth to facture.

Don’t be afraid of the procedure, a root canal isn’t more painful than a regular dental procedure, such as a filling or getting a wisdom tooth removed. Actually, is all the way around; as many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. Feel free to contact the best dentist in Tijuana if you are experiencing one or more of the root canal symptoms.