I have severe erosion of top front teeth without decay or infection. Are root canals necessary before crown placement?
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have severe erosion of top front teeth without decay or infection. Are root canals necessary before crown placement?
The other dentist most likely feels that not to do root canals without actually knowing for sure that they need to be done. This is a very conservative approach, and certainly not a bad way to go either as long as you realize that you may need one or more root canals sometimes in the future.
I might suggest you speak with your dentists about using EMax porcelain, as they are a newer type of porcelain that is extremely strong and can be made very thin without sacrificing strength. They also fit very well and are very natural and esthetic. The advantage of drilling less by using Emax is that the less drilling, the stronger the underlying tooth and also less chance of root canal.
Need veneers for teeth without enamel...
If you take the chance and have veneers placed on these teeth without root canals, there is a high probability that you will need root canals later on in the not too distant future. If you end up needing root canals after the veneers are placed, you will ultimately have to have the veneers cut off then redone after the root canals. This means that you will have to pay for veneers twice, plus pay for root canals.
It's up to you whether you choose to root canal first, but from a cost standpoint, I would highly recommend getting the root canals first. Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD