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Root Canals with Crowns: Some Facts to Consider

It is common for patients with tooth sensitivity or soreness to think that they need a “root canal.” It is also common for dentists to perform root canals when patients have tooth sensitivity or soreness. However, I would contend that a significant percentage of root canal treatments with crowns do not need to be done. There are multiple reasons why tooth sensitivity or soreness may exist. In my family-owned dental practice, in which I am the sole dentist, I have the freedom and virtues to explore exactly why the sensitivity or soreness exist. The information I evaluate to determine the

Do I Really Need Root Canal Treatment Through a Crown?

Patients often have some questions or concerns about performing root canal treatment through a crown. This is understandable. Many patients think that teeth with crowns should no longer require treatment. Many patients may also think that their crown would be damaged by performing root canal treatment through them. As a result of these questions or concerns, I have decided to address this subject matter within this post. First of all, teeth that have crowns have a history of trauma that can lead to the need for root canal therapy. This history of trauma includes prior decay, cracks, fillings, breaks in

Root Canals: Repair for Diseased Teeth

What is a Root Canal? Root canal therapy is required in those situations in which the nerve tissue within the tooth has become irreversibly inflamed or necrotic. Generally caused by tooth decay or trauma, “pulp” nerve tissue damage can be an excruciating experience. Symptoms include pain while chewing, sensitivity, and swelling. If left untreated, tooth damage can lead to abscesses, or pus-filled infections, and eventually to tooth loss. Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is the area of dentistry that deals with treating dental pulp damage. Oftentimes, it is the best way to directly address the pain and save the tooth. During a

Do Root Canals Need to Be Done Through Crowns?

There is currently much interest within the Internet concerning doing root canal therapy through crowns. To address this, I will make a few points. First, the procedure of root canal therapy through a crown is done tens of times daily in Dallas, I would imagine. The reason for this is that teeth with crowns have a history of trauma. This trauma may be from tooth breakage, tooth cracking, deep or extensive decay, and weakened tooth structure, among other things. As a result of the trauma that a tooth experiences, including being prepared for a crown, the nerve within the tooth

Do They Put You Asleep for a Root Canal?

This question comes up quite often. Many of us hear “jokes” on TV, radio, or on the Internet, about getting a root canal procedure done. As a result, there are many misunderstandings about what is involved in a root canal procedure. In this post, I  address some of these misunderstandings. First, root canal procedures do not have to be painful. I know what you may hear and read. However, in my practice, this is not so. We manage our patients differently. We manage our valued patients in a way which better suits their needs. We do not manage our patients

Not All Toothaches Require Root Canal Therapy!

Well, it happened again this week. We had three patients with a toothache. For many patients and for quite a few dentists, this may mean the need for  root canal treatment. However, this is not necessarily true, at all. Evidence-based dentistry and thoroughness in diagnosis and treatment planning often indicates another manner to treat. There are many things that can contribute to a toothache. Just because you have a toothache does not at all mean that you should assume you need root canal treatment. In fact, I am willing to admit, and I am publishing now which I have never

Root Canal Dentists in Dallas

Yes, there are many root canal dentists in Dallas. They can be in the form of an endodontist or in the form of a general dentist. So, how do you go about selecting one? In the past, asking friends and neighbors was the primary way patients would find their dentist. However, with the Worldwide Web, patients can research root canal dentists. Patients can find certified patient reviews of dentists, they can find information on the dentist’s websites, and they can find ratings of dentists as well. I myself would utilize the Internet to find a dentist as well. There is

Are Root Canals Safe?

Yes, yes, yes! Root canals are safe. Yes I know that rumors are discussed nearby coffee makers and water coolers. I know the Internet has information to the contrary. I would bet you can find two sides to any argument on the Internet. The truth is not found on the Internet. The truth is found by well-controlled and designed research. It is true that there has been debate upon this subject. I also realize that it has become popular to undermine doctors and medical practice. There are remedies and alternative medicine protocols all over the place. Just because something “works”

Do I Really Need a Root Canal Through a Crown?

There certainly are times when a root canal procedure needs to be done through an existing crown. I would say that this exact procedure is done in Dallas tens of times a day. It is indeed a common need. So why is that? Let’s first consider why a tooth needed a crown in the first place. Very commonly a crown may have been necessary to strengthen a tooth that was severely weakened by extensive decay. Just as common is that an existing filling may have begun to fail. The existing filling may then crack, may partially fall out, or may