Post and Core

Give Your Broken Tooth a Second Chance with Post and Core Treatment at Glen Cove

When there is not a significant structure of tooth present to support a permanent restoration treatment such as a bridge or a crown, your dentist may recommend a post and core. This dental restoration treatment is sometimes performed after a root canal. The post and core help in keeping the dental crown in place.

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What is Post and Core?

A post and core constitute a one-piece prosthetic that resembles the tooth structure’s main body on the top of a metal post. When a tooth is damaged severely due to trauma, fracture, or decay, and it is not possible to place the crown immediately, this prosthetic device recreates the core of the tooth that helps in future placement. 

A post is a sleek metal rod that is cemented into the root canal of the tooth. The post is 0is used to hold a core or a filling in place. It is not possible to have enough tooth structure to hold the required filling without this post. This procedure is generally followed by a root canal when your tooth requires a crown.

 When Do You Need a Post and Core?

The crown requires a strong core to resist all the pressure that will be incurred on it for the year to come. In case a significant amount of tooth structure is there, then a filling is sufficient for a suitable core. 

However, if there is only a small part of a tooth left and the core is just one big filling, it gets a lot weaker, and the chances of fracture increases. When most of the crown is broken away, a post is the only option to rely on to retain the root canal. The post is placed initially to strengthen the whole structure and to make good use of the remaining tooth. 

In some cases, the tooth has already undergone root canal therapy in which there is the straightforward placement of post in a suitable canal and a core build-up for the new crown. In other cases, it involves performing the root canal treatment first. 

The two scenarios in the post are used constitutes:

  • The post helps to restore tooth structure to provide a strong core for the crown when you had RCT and the tooth is already weak. 
  • Sometimes the tooth fractures at gum level and nothing is left behind except the root sub. When you stick a post into the root canal, you get the extra support to hold the core for a crown. Usually, it is suitable and successful for front teeth. Back teeth may require the procedure for crown lengthening, for more exposure of the tooth to provide extra stability.

What to Expect During the Post & Core Procedure?

Patients relate to dentists with pain and fear paying a visit to them. However, the pain is assumed more mental than physical. 

Before starting the post and core procedure, our staff at the Glen Cove office will numb the area with local anesthesia. Then they create a special space down the widest canal using special drills. The longer the post is the farther it goes down, the more is retention for the filling. The dentist then checks how far the post is on an X-ray and checks whether the post is in-line with the canal. If it’s fine, the post is stuck in place and the material is poured around it. 

A tooth that has a post will require a crown on top for its protection.

Contact One and Truly Dental, Glen Cove for a Successful Post & Core Procedure

A dental restoration treatment, post, and core are generally done after root canal therapy. The basic purpose of a post and core is to recover an existing tooth that is left with almost negligible internal structure. Our dentists at the Glen Cove office help you anchor a dental crown on the tooth’s top to the tooth.

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