If you have a large cavity or a badly infected tooth, root canal therapy is one of the best ways to treat it and avoid permanent extraction.
Patients often have many questions about how root canals in Jackson work and may be surprised to learn that it’s a fairly straightforward procedure. Of course, some factors can complicate it.
And yes, one of those factors could be having a dental crown over the natural tooth. Here’s how root canals are done when the patient has such a prosthetic.
Root canals are usually done in the following steps:
Some severe cases of tooth infection may also require antibiotic therapies, and patients could need multiple appointments to heal them.
If you have a dental crown over the infected tooth, a dentist may try to perform a regular root canal and drill the crown to expose the infection.
However, this doesn’t always work.
In some cases, drilling the crown could damage it. The material can chip so much that using resin won’t be enough to fix it. In this case, you will need to get the crown replaced.
Plus, drilling the crown may not expose the entire infection, which usually happens with patients dealing with a severe case of an infected tooth. The crown will be removed so that the tooth can be properly treated.
If the crown is damaged or needs to be removed, you will be fitted for a replacement and get a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is made in a lab facility.
If you have a tooth with a dental crown on and suspect it might be infected, you can see Dr. Ben Heffter or Dr. Pako Major to access the right treatment.
You can access both professional root canal therapy and dental crown services at Jackson Family Dentistry to get your oral health and smile appearance restored.
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Can’t wait for a regular appointment? Call us at (262) 677-3003 for emergency dental care.