How long does a root canal last without a crown?

Asked anonymously on 5th August, 2022 at 4:59 pm


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Dr. Sanket Chakraverty

13 years of experience


Answered on 30th Aug 2022 at 2:11 pm
A dental crown is always a must after a root canal procedure. The longevity of dental crown depends upon the structural quality of tooth left after the root canal procedure. If the structural quality of tooth is not good, then then you should immediately get the dental crown on that particular tooth.

 It is recommended to have a dental crown fixed on any root canal treated Tooth as soon as possible. If there is any pain or discomfort after the root canal treatment then we should wait for at least a week and after checking the tooth with xray, A dental crown should be fixed. If at all there is no pain in the tooth, then the dental crown should be fixed within a span of 3 to 5 days.
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Dr. Nilay Bhatia

9 years of experience


Answered on 27th Aug 2022 at 4:08 pm
A tooth after a root canal becomes brittle so it is definitely more prone to fractures/cracking than a healthy tooth
However ,not all root canal treated teeth will crack or fracture if left untreated without a crown
Let your dentist decide whats ideal for you 
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Dr. Parth Shah

7 years of experience


Answered on 13th Aug 2022 at 5:32 am
not advisable at all, crown is almost a must after rct, coz of the brittle Ness caused due to the rct 
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Dr. Mrunal Burute

9 years of experience


Answered on 5th Aug 2022 at 11:35 am
a root canal done tooth is brittle and can break easily when hard food is chewed .

so root canal will last as long as it doesnot break with pressure of hard food 

by capping the tooth it will not break inspite of having hard food ( depends on quality of cap) 

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Last edited on 5th Aug 2022 at 4:59 pm

According to a 2004 study, the survival rate for root-canaled teeth without a crown was 96% after one year, 88% after two years, and only 36% after five years. 

It shows that a fill can help the tooth survive for a few years, but is likely to fail soon. When deciding between fillings and crowns, there are three major factors to consider: 

  • The tooth’s remaining natural structure
  • The tooth’s position in the mouth
  • The tooth’s function