The fit of my anterior crowns is improper, even after getting my teeth shortened. Is it necessary to get a root canal to replace the crown?

Q. Is it necessary to get a root canal to replace an improperly fitting crown?

Answered by
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 05, 2023

Hello doctor,

I recently got a crown on my upper incisor and canine. My incisor tooth is backward, so the dentist shortened my teeth and then put a crown on my tooth attached to my canine. He also shortened my canine to fit the crown. Still, the crown is big and bulky and has a little gap, so I went to see another dentist. He said the crown has to be replaced, and he will do a root canal on both of my teeth, but I do not have any cavities or sensitivity. Is it necessary to have a root canal? Please reply.



Welcome to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

The first dentist has done tooth preparation for your canine, which is not a good thing to do. Canine is the cornerstone of the dental arch. Crown cutting was not necessary because your incisor looks sound. Maybe the second dentist is also trying to do the same. There is no need for crown cutting if you do not have any symptoms of pain or infection. This is not in compliance with medical ethics. If he has any sound reason to do so, then ask for that and find the reason. You may get back to us for further queries.

Yes, there is no need for a root canal, but the placed crown is not properly made nor cemented. It would be best if you asked the second dentist why you need RCT (root canal treatment). Maybe he would be having any other reason associated. In my opinion, there is no need for RCT.

Hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

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