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How long does a root canal last without a crown?

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Dr. Parth Shah


12 years of experience

Answered on 30th November 2023

While a root canal removes the infected pulp and nerve, leaving the tooth without a protective crown may make it susceptible to fractures or additional decay. 

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Dr. Babita Goel

General Physician

24 years of experience

Answered on 30th November 2023

The longevity of a root canal without a crown can depend on several factors, like tooth's location, the extent of the initial damage, and oral hygiene practices.

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Dr. M. Pujari


17 years of experience

Answered on 19th November 2023

Hi... Root canal treatment completes with crown. If no crown is placed, it would last 2 - 5yrs usually...
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Dr. Harshvardhan S


13 years of experience

Answered on 26th October 2023

Depends on the prognosis of that tooth. It is most commonly advised to get crown post root canal but not in every case
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Dr. Piyush Kothari

Orthodontist & Dentofacial Orthopedist

19 years of experience

Answered on 24th October 2023

Tooth statrs becoming brittle after root canal treatment. If it is a Molar and has good chewing forces over it then, it may fracture after 2 to 6 months depending on the tooth structure remaining.
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Dr. Abi Negi

Cosmetic/aesthetic Dentist

11 years of experience

Answered on 22th July 2023

If the tooth was extensively damaged or weakened before the treatment, it may be more prone to fracture.

Teeth located in the back of the mouth (molars and premolars) experience more chewing forces, which can put additional stress on the tooth. These teeth are more susceptible to fractures without the protection of a crown.

Certain habits like teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching can exert excessive pressure on the teeth, increasing the risk of fractures.

So if you have root canal without crown in front teeth and good tooth structure then it may last long.

But if your root canal teeth is front and very damaged tooth structure then it will fracture any time. 

Root canal teeth in back teeth requires crown immediately otherwise it won't last long 


Shruti Samant

Member of team ClinicSpots.

Answered on 22th July 2023

According to a 2004 study, the survival rate for root canal 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
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24 years of experience

Answered on 27th April 2023

Root canal will last but tooth can fracture . so Crown should be done as soon as possible to avoid fracture.  
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Dr. Ishan Singh

Public Health Dentist

10 years of experience

Answered on 25th April 2023

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing infected or damaged tissue from the inner part of a tooth, known as the pulp. After a root canal, it is common for the tooth to require a dental crown to protect and strengthen it.

While a root canal can save a damaged tooth, it is important to understand that without a dental crown, the tooth may be weakened and more prone to fracture or further decay. How long a root canal lasts without a crown can vary depending on various factors such as the tooth's location in the mouth, how much of the tooth's structure was affected, and the patient's oral hygiene habits.

In general, it is not recommended to delay getting a dental crown after a root canal. A dental crown can provide the necessary support and protection to ensure the tooth remains functional and healthy for a long time. Your dentist will typically advise you on the recommended timeline for getting a dental crown after a Root Canal Treatment, and it is important to follow their advice to avoid any potential complications.

If you have already had a root canal without a crown and are experiencing discomfort or notice any changes in the tooth's appearance or sensitivity, I recommend contacting your dentist to discuss the situation and determine if a crown or other treatment may be necessary to maintain your oral health.
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Dr. pranav mathur

Dental Surgeon

2023 years of experience

Answered on 10th March 2023

Root canal treatment makes the tooth brittle,so it becomes prone to fracture.That is why crowns are advised after root canal treatment.Without a crown the tooth should be not used to eat hard food materials.Its life without crown will depend upon the eating habit of the patient.If he eats soft food and maintains good oral hygiene,the tooth will last longer.

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