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How are crowns used in root canals?

After the infected or decaying pulp has been cleared from inside a tooth during a root canal, the opening at the top of the tooth needs to be covered to prevent further infections. The cleared out portion of the tooth is filled with a special inert material, which is then covered with a dental cement. A custom crown shaped like a normal tooth and made from gold or porcelain is then placed over the top of the tooth (sometimes anchored with a post inserted into the dental cement), allowing normal use of the tooth.

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