Does My Damaged Tooth Need Endodontics?
If your tooth has been cracked, chipped, or damaged in any way, then you may expect to need some sort of restorative treatment. Would you be surprised if your dentist suggested an endodontic treatment before fixing the damaged tooth? There is a common misconception that endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment, is only necessary to treat an infected tooth. However, if you have a tooth that is damaged severely enough, the internal chamber of your tooth could become exposed to harmful oral bacteria. An endodontic procedure can remove the threat of infection from inside your tooth.
Exposed Inner Tissue
The majority of your tooth’s crown is called dentin, and it is the layer beneath the enamel. Beneath the dentin is chamber called the pulp, which contains the nerves, blood vessels, and other vital tissues of your tooth. When a tooth is cracked or broken enough to expose the inner pulp may be exposed, it becomes immediately at risk of internal infection. By performing root canal treatment before placing a crown can ensure that the tooth is fully disinfected. Any infected tissue will be removed along with any damaged pieces of tooth. Depending on the extent of this removal, the inner pulp of your tooth may need to be filled with replacement material.
Restoring the Tooth
A tooth that has been severely damaged enough to require root canal treatment is likely to also need a crown to restore it. After endodontic treatment has been performed, a custom-designed dental crown may be placed to permanently restore the tooth. The crown restores your ability to bite and chew comfortably, while also protecting it against further damage or infection. Depending on the location of the tooth that needs restoration, a crown can be made of materials appropriate for the tooth’s needs. If the tooth is in the front of the mouth, a more aesthetically pleasing crown may be desired versus a stronger crown needed for the back of the mouth.