A “post and core” dental restoration allows us to save teeth that have had a root canal but are severely broken down by cavities or fractures. A post allows the dentist to secure the filling material and a dental crown to what is left of the tooth and the root. A post can come in many types of materials from stainless steel to porcelain.
The post is placed into the center of the root of the tooth where previously there was living tissue. This living tissue was removed during the root canal and the very end of the root sealed or filled to prevent bacteria from entering. The space is fitted with the post and it is cemented inside the tooth.
Teeth that require a post are already significantly damaged. The most important consideration in the lifespan of a tooth with a post is the amount of your real tooth that is left to support the crown. The more of your real tooth that is left the better. The advantages of a post include keeping your natural tooth and maintaining the most natural appearance and health of gum tissue and bone around the tooth root.
If you might require a post and core restoration, we will help you understand the process and expected lifespan. An alternative to a post and core dental restoration is a a dental implant. We can help you understand the benefits these restorations provide and choose the one that best fits your needs.