Do I need to get a root canal just because I need to get a crown?

A root canal only needs to be done when there is infection and/or damage in the nerves or pulp of a tooth. The dentist will clean out the area and remove the nerve and pulp. A crown is then usually placed on top of the tooth to stabilize it.

If you need a crown simply to restore the shape and structure of a tooth, no root canal is needed.

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