Dental Q and A: Crown or Extraction

Plastic Crown, Porcelain or Extraction (Root Canal)?

Hi i am a 28 years old lady. I just had my root canal therapy last May 2010 without a crown. It was my third tooth from the right starting from the back. Because of the guava i ate and the years my root canal have been made my tooth crack. Now the doctor told me that i have only two solutions for this. Either porcelain or plastic crown. I am kind of hesitant to get both solution cos my tooth is no longer strong and it cost a lot too. So im planning on extraction. Is a good choice though?

Dr Patel’s Answer:

Crown or Extraction

Root canal treated teeth are weaker and more fragile. However, if your dentist said he could place a crown (either Porcelain or Plastic) on the tooth, I am assuming that the crack has not gotten to the root and the tooth can be saved.

Alternate option of extraction may sound cheaper for now, but it could cost you more in a long run. Tooth replacement (Bridge or and Implant) can be more costly and more involving procedure then a crown, which can be more conservative.

My suggestion is to get a crown if you can. Seek a second opinion if not sure prior to deciding to extract.


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