Bowers & Oki Family Dentistry
  • What Our Patients Are Saying About Us

    "From the minute you walk in the door until you leave the office - a positive experience! Professional and hospitable. Highly recommend this practice" - L&GW

  • What Our Patients Are Saying About Us

    "As always, very excellent and professional service. We are very happy that Drs. Bowers and Oki took over this dental practice. We were patients of Dr. Cullen for so many years and were just happy to know that the same kind of professionalism is still with this office, with both the doctors, Mary, Cece and all the staff. Thanks" - Del

  • What Our Patients Are Saying About Us

    "Excellent dental care with a gentle, caring and professional approach. Be it a routine cleaning or repairing an old filling I have always felt comfortable and cared for. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else!" - P Gonzalez

I was told I need a crown. Does that mean I also need a root canal?

Needing a crown does not necessarily mean you need a root canal, and in fact a minority of teeth that need a crown will need a root canal.  Teeth need crowns when cracked or when they have a large cavity or filling. When we have a tooth like this, there is always a possibility of needing a root canal due to infection or nerve damage inside the tooth.  However, we will not recommend a root canal unless a tooth truly requires one.  

Some teeth will require root canals after the crown has been prepped and completed.  This can be due to a nerve that was already damaged, a crack going deeper than expected, bacteria penetrating deeper into the tooth, or other unknown causes. 

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