However, on rare occasions, you may experience complications with your dental post, which may lead to a dentist deciding to remove the post.
Following a root canal treatment, the affected tooth may end up looking misshapen or chipped. A crown can restore the tooth’s appearance and function, but the tooth may not be structurally sound enough to support the crown.
In these cases, we use a dental post to provide extra support for the crown. The dentist places the post into the root canal before sealing it. They can then fit the crown, with the post providing the necessary stability.
You will not always require a post to support your dental crown. If your dentist assesses your tooth and deems it has the necessary structural integrity to hold a crown, they will proceed to fit it without using a post.
Although complications with dental procedures are rare, sometimes they can happen. The best option is often to remove the cause of the problem and start again.
If your previous dentist fitted a post incorrectly or complications like an additional infection have arisen following the procedure, your dentist may remove the post.
The procedure will depend on several factors such as what type of post it is, how accessible it is, and which variety of cement the dentist used to secure it in place.
We carry this treatment out under local anaesthesia to remove the crown and then take out the post. Your dentist will use a tiny chisel to break up the cement holding the post in place, before washing it away.
Post removal is a delicate procedure, as there is a relative risk of weakening, perforating, or fracturing the remaining root structure. If the post itself has fractured in the root canal, the tooth may have significantly weakened as a result.
A weak tooth is more susceptible to fracturing during treatment.
The possibility of replacing a dental post varies between individual cases. In some instances, it may be possible to insert a new post immediately following post removal treatment. If the initial post removal has significantly damaged your tooth, we may have to consider other options such as extraction and dental implant placement.
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