Post and Core
Several factors can cause a large portion of the tooth to become missing, from cavities to lost fillings to large access holes from root canal work. Placing a crown over the tooth can’t work because it won’t be stable enough. In that case, we may recommend a post and core treatment.
What is Post and Core?
A post and core restoration replaces the missing tooth structure and provides support, stability, and retention for the final restoration. The procedure involves the placement of a post and a core material within the tooth. Sometimes the core alone is enough, but a post may be added to anchor the core to the tooth if necessary.
Who Should Get Treatment?
Not all teeth require post and core restorations. The decision to perform one is based on the individual circumstances of each tooth. Our dentist will determine the most suitable treatment plan for optimal restoration and long-term success.
The decision to perform a post and core restoration depends on factors such as:
- The extent of tooth structure loss
- Root canal-treated teeth
- Insufficient remaining tooth structure
- Presence of large cavities
- Previous restoration failure
Does Material Influence the Treatment?
The choice of materials for core and post treatment plays a significant role in determining the stability of the tooth. Clinical evidence suggests that metal posts have limited effectiveness in stabilizing the tooth and may even increase the risk of fractures. On the other hand, complications associated with fiber-reinforced posts are rare due to their ability to distribute stress to the surrounding tissues like natural dentin.
Do You Need Post and Core Treatment in Concord, NC?
For reliable post and core treatment that will keep your tooth in excellent shape, there’s no place better than Zsambeky, Chaney, & Associates. Schedule an appointment today so we can discuss the best treatment option for you.