NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants
Re: root canal on crowned tooth?
Can a root canal be performed on a crowned tooth? I have a tooth that is crowned but causing pain when I bite on it. The dentist says it may need a root canal. I did not think you could drill a crowned tooth. The tooth was x-rayed and showed a black area under the crown. Please advise me. Thank you.
Yes, it is possible to do a root canal through a pre-existing crown. If the crown exhibits signs of decay, a new one should be made after the root canal is completed.
Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University