Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

What happens to my tooth after a root canal?

After you receive root canal treatment on a tooth, that tooth becomes fragile and more brittle than it was before. Our Middletown dentists have to remove the infection and diseased tissue from your tooth during your root canal, which means that your tooth has less natural pulp and structure than it did prior to the root canal. 

To strengthen and build up your tooth after your root canal treatment, our dentists will place either a permanent dental crown over the tooth or a dental filling inside the tooth. Both treatments will give your natural tooth the support and structure it needs. Once your root canal treatment is complete, your tooth should last for many years to come. You can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods and drinks, but it’s best to avoid biting down on anything hard such as tough meat, jawbreaker candies, or cubes of ice with your new tooth crown. The tooth crown material is durable, but not indestructible—so it’s best to use your natural teeth for sticky, hard, or crunchy foods. 

Questions about how to care for your smile after a root canal in Middletown, NJ? Our dental team would be happy to speak with you. Please call us today at (732) 495-4444 to learn more.

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