What Is a Dental Post and Core?

If your child’s tooth has been damaged due to injury or tooth decay, the entire tooth may need to be replaced. When the tooth needs more than just a filling, the dentist may recommend a process known as dental post and core.

Keep reading to learn what this process looks like.

What Is a Dental Post and Core?

Before a post and core treatment, your child will first need a root canal. Then, the dental post is situated in the root of the tooth, where it can hold on to a filling or crown.

The dentist will determine what type of post to use. Some posts already have the core included while others allow the core to be custom-fitted.

The post is often made of metal, and the core is usually made of amalgam or composite—the same materials used in a regular cavity filling

There Are Three Parts to a Post and Core:

  • The crown is what it used to cover or cap a damaged tooth on the outside.
  • The core fills a damaged cavity with material to give the crown strength.
  • The post is a rod that helps keep the core attached to the tooth.

How Much Does a Dental Post and Core Cost?

While a dental core generally costs between $194–$337, post and core procedures can run between $233–$486, depending on materials used and how many appointments are needed.

Because each child’s teeth are different, the best thing you can do is speak to your child’s dentist about post and core treatment and how much it will cost.

Schedule a Dental Post and Core Procedure at Kool Smiles

If your child’s teeth are badly damaged due to decay or injury, find your local Kool Smiles dentist. We have a network of general dentists and specialists who focus on caring for children. All of our offices accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and other flexible forms of payment.

Your child’s smile is important. Don’t let an infected or damaged tooth go untreated. Call Kool Smiles today to schedule an appointment for a dental post and core procedure.

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Sources:

Medigo: https://www.medigo.com/en/procedure-pages/dentistry/dental-post-and-core

Animated Teeth: http://www.animated-teeth.com/root_canal/t7_root_canal_crown.htm#costs

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/fillings/article/types-of-fillings