Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Boehne offers answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q: I just got this new crown. Will I be able to keep the crown, or do I have to get a new one?

A: We can almost always keep your existing crown. A small access opening to the root canal system is made through the crown. When root canal therapy is completed, this opening is restored with a strong, sealed, and esthetic restoration. When treatment is completed the crown will look as good as when we started.


If the crown has an open margin or decay around it, then the crown will need to be replaced. If a new crown is not made in this situation, then it will ultimately cause the root canal treatment to fail or lead to eventual loss of the tooth.

Although it almost never happens, there is a risk of porcelain fracture when we access through porcelain crowns. This may make it necessary to get a new crown.