I had root canal twice on a front tooth, i have a lot of tooth structure but would i need to crown it?


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Hi, so i had to get two root canals on a front lateral incisor. I had to get second canal treatment due to my dentist doing a poor job, i went to a specialist. My tooth colour is slightly different than the rest now but not very obvious, i do have a lot of tooth structure. But would i need a crown or not to protect it? As i had a lot of work done to it. Thank you
 
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Dr M

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Good day

In terms of the tooth color, you can sometimes get quite an improvement with a procedure called non-vital bleaching. You can ask your dentist about this. Basically it is bleaching the crown of a root canal treated tooth from the inside.
Secondly it is not necessary to have the tooth crowned, if you have enough tooth structure left. Just keep in mind that all root canal treated teeth are technically dead teeth and can become brittle and break over time, especially when accidentally biting into something that is too hard.
 

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Lateral incisors are small teeth. I would try internal bleaching (your dentist) to see if you could lighten it. I would be very unlikely to suggest a crown because while you might improve the appearance, you will weaken the tooth - the crown won't strengthen it in this type of case.
 

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