How Long After A Root Canal Should I Wait to Get a Crown?

How Long After A Root Canal Should I Wait to Get a Crown?

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A root canal is a procedure that most often requires the placement of a crown after treatment. These will most likely be done in two separate appointments, as the tooth and surrounding tissues will need time to heal before the permanent crown is placed. How long should you wait to get a crown after a root canal? Here’s what you should know. 

What is a Root Canal? 

To understand the purpose and timing of the placement of a dental crown after a root canal, it helps to understand what the procedure entails. A root canal is used to treat an infected or at-risk tooth. The dental pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, is removed through a small hole made in the crown of the tooth. The purpose of this is to eliminate and prevent infection. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected, then filled with a replacement material that fortifies the tooth and is resistant to infection. 

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits over a tooth. It is used to preserve and protect a tooth that has sustained damage to the visible portion of the tooth, but that still has a viable root structure. The natural crown of the tooth is reduced in size to make room for the prosthetic crown to fit over it. A prosthetic crown is typically made of porcelain for its strength and resemblance to natural tooth enamel. Metal crowns may be used in some cases, such as for molars that are not highly visible and bear the brunt of the chewing force. 

Ideal Timing of Root Canal and Crown Placement

In most cases you will not receive your permanent crown on the same day as your root canal. This is because the tooth and surrounding tissues will need time to heal before the crown is permanently placed. It also allows time for the permanent crown to be made in a lab and shipped to your dentist’s office. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth in the meantime. About 2-3 weeks later, your permanent crown can be placed to complete the process. 

How Long is Too Long? 

It is best to have your permanent crown placed within 30 days of your root canal procedure. This ensures that the tooth is protected from damage and infection. Waiting longer puts your tooth at risk, which could result in the need for a repeat root canal or loss of the tooth entirely. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals and Crowns 

Do I always need a crown after a root canal? 

In the majority of cases a tooth will need a crown after a root canal. It is possible to fill the hole that is made to remove the dental pulp, but a composite filling may not be sufficient to protect the tooth from further damage or infection. A crown provides better quality results. 

Will a crown look natural? 

Advanced technology is used to create dental crowns that look very realistic. Porcelain resembles tooth enamel in texture and can be custom made to match your other teeth in color and size. We will ensure that you are satisfied with your smile. 

Why Choose Glassman Dental Care? 

If you’re in need of a root canal and crown restoration, Glassman Dental Care has the necessary expertise to provide quality treatment. Our goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible, and root canals can often help us meet that goal. 

To learn more, call 212-787-4860 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.