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Question:
I needed a crown but the dentist sent me for a root canal first. There was no nerve damage or pain.

Could I have skipped the root canal and just went with the crown? ... Visitor from RI

Answer:
Root canals are often recommended when it is anticipated the preparation of the tooth for a crown may result in a tooth structure that becomes overly sensitive to bite pressure and temperature extremes.

For molar teeth, where biting pressures are extreme, many dentists will recommend a dental implant replacement for a tooth that is anticipated to "need" a root canal. Root canal treatments typically cut off the nutrient supply to the tooth.

While a good crown does a remarkable job of protecting the tooth... extreme biting and chewing on that tooth could compromise the underlying tooth structure.

Root canal retreatments are known to far outstrip the initial cost of a dental implant replacement for many patients.

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