Tooth #24 front broke off, back remained. 3 yrs ago placed a filling. Should I root canal and crown or should I just do crown?
Mountain View, CA
2 years ago
2nd opinion dentist took x ray and said bottom of tooth #24 showed shadow- might be a crack or something else. Can't tell. Suggest extraction & implant. I only want to do a crown but no root canal . What is the risk if I do only crown and no root canal? Pain on Tooth #24 came 4 days after deep cleansing day but went away a few days later. No pain now. Just sensitive when I bit down. What should I do? Is root canal a must?
Doctor Answers 1
Only if infected
A tooth only needs root canal therapy if the tooth is infected. Sometimes it may not even be symptomatic or hurt. If the x-ray shows evidence of infection, then root canal therapy is needed. If there is enough tooth structure left then the tooth may be a candidate for a crown.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as
a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you
have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute
or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.