Can You Get a Crown Without a Root Canal?

Can You Get a Crown Without a Root Canal

If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain and your dentist has recommended a crown, you may be wondering if a root canal is necessary. It’s common for people to fear root canals, as they are sometimes associated with discomfort or long recovery times.

Fortunately, the answer is yes, you can get a crown without needing to have a root canal. Let’s take a look at how this process works and why it might be beneficial for you. 

What is Involved in Getting a Crown? 

A crown is a type of dental restoration that is used when there has been significant damage to the tooth and the existing enamel will not be able to support the restoration. In order to place the crown, your dentist must first prepare the damaged tooth by removing any decay or tissue that can no longer be salvaged.

The remaining enamel will then be shaped so that it fits properly with the new crown. Once this preparation has been completed, an impression of your teeth will be taken and sent off to a lab where your custom crown will be manufactured.

This entire process typically takes two visits, one for preparation and one for placement, and does not require any invasive procedures like drilling or root canals

How Does This Differ From Getting A Crown After A Root Canal? 

If your tooth has suffered more serious damage and cannot simply be restored using enamel alone, then your dentist may recommend that you have a root canal before getting your crown placed.

During this procedure, the damaged area of the tooth below the gum line (the root) will be accessed and cleaned out in order to remove any infection or decaying tissue that could hinder healing or cause further damage to other teeth in the area.

Once all infected material has been removed from the inside of the tooth, it will then need to be filled with an appropriate material so that it can properly support your new crown.

Will I Need a Root Canal When Getting a Crown? 

For many people, the thought of undergoing a root canal procedure is enough to make them shudder. However, when it comes to dental crowns, there are certain situations where a root canal may not be necessary.

In most cases, a root canal is only required if the underlying tooth has been significantly damaged or infected.

When decay or infection reaches the pulp chamber the innermost layer of the tooth it will cause pain and swelling. In addition, any damage done to the tooth’s supportive structures may also require treatment to ensure that the crown remains secure over time.

If an endodontic treatment, such as a root canal, is deemed necessary, then your dentist will remove all of the inflamed tissue and then fill and seal off the empty space with special materials.

Understanding Dental Crown Procedures That Don’t Require a Root Canal

Fortunately, there are some dental crown procedures that do not require root canals. For example, if you have a healthy tooth with no signs of infection or inflammation, then you may be able to get away with having just a crown placed without any type of endodontic treatment beforehand.

Additionally, if you already had a root canal before getting your crown put in place and there is no sign of infection or inflammation present during follow-up examinations then it may not be necessary for you to go through another endodontic treatment procedure prior to getting your crown placed. 

In other instances where there isn’t enough bone around the damaged tooth for a successful implantation procedure, or even if there is an existing restoration that needs to be replaced due to wear and tear over time such as an old filling or an on lay but doesn’t require any major structural changes beneath it; then this too can be treated with just placing a dental crown without requiring a root canal first. 

Your dentist will always assess your individual case before recommending any course of action so it’s important to speak with them about which option is best suited for you in order to ensure long-term success with your dental restoration process as well as maintaining optimal oral health going forward.


Getting a dental crown without needing to undergo a root canal procedure is possible if there is enough healthy enamel left on your tooth after decay or other damage has been removed.

While this option may take slightly longer than getting both procedures done at once, it avoids having to go through an invasive procedure like a root canal which many people would prefer not to do if possible. Speak with your dentist about which option would work best for you based on their assessment of your particular situation!

Dr. Jay Feldman

Dr. Jay Feldman

Dr. Jay Feldman is an experienced and highly-respected dentist with decades of experience in the field for over 10 years. He specializes in root canals and extractions, but he also provides general dentistry services such as check-ups, cleanings, fillings, sealants, and more. He dedicates much of his free time to contributing content for Here.