Why do I need a crown after a root canal treatment? It’s too expensive, I just want a filling!
Your dentist has suggested it would be ideal for your tooth to be crowned upon completion of a root canal treatment, but the price turns you off, so is it really necessary?
The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged or compromised due to decay, disease or injury. Many people have negative views on root canal treatment and in fact believe it to be just a waste of money because “the tooth ends up breaking anyways”. This can be true if the tooth is not well taken care of post-root canal treatment. As the tooth is already compromised to begin with, restoring the tooth with just a large filling is not ideal, as it will not be able to withstand the strong chewing forces in your mouth when compared to a crown.
A crown would be the most ideal way of restoring a root canal treated tooth, as it is essentially a “cap” that encompasses the entire tooth and holds it together, to significantly reduce the risk of fracture. The crown is also “glued” on the tooth, which provides a good seal to reduce the risk of reinfection of the tooth. Though it is expensive, a crown offers many advantages that can outweigh the cost long term. Remember, nothing in dentistry is better than your own natural tooth!