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Re: root canal on crowned tooth?

11/13/2007

Question:

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.

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University