The do’s and don’ts of post & core procedures
Root canal treatment in Bangalore
Did your dentist mention the “Post and core” procedure during root canal treatment? Post and core is a dental restoration given when there is an inadequate amount of healthy tooth structure in order to retain a crown. It can be done when one or more walls of the tooth are missing or the tooth simply requires additional support.
Post and Core consist of 2 Parts:
- Post: A small rod made up of metal or fiber, inserted into the root space of the tooth. The post is used to hold the core filling material. Post is inserted into the root canal.
- Core: Core is a build-up of filling material that holds the post in place. It replaces the missing tooth structure so that a crown can be placed over it. The core is made up of light-cure resin materials.
Indications: Large part or all of the tooth structure lost is seen in decay or tooth trauma. A post and core can be done only if the tooth has undergone a root canal treatment.
After the Endodontics procedure, some of the Gutta Percha is removed from the canal space to place the post. The post space is created. An appropriate post is selected. The post is then coated with luting materials like GIC. A stable core build-up material is then placed to form the tooth crown. Post and core are considered as an alternative to tooth extraction thus saving the natural teeth.
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