From the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario's PEAK article program:
In a retrospective study of uncrowned
endodontically treated teeth, the overall survival rates of
molars without crowns at 1, 2, and 5 years were 96%, 88%
and 36% respectively.
Yikes! So no matter how conservative the access for the root canal is and the lack of any significant caries, you should crown these teeth within two years and preferably one.
Source: McComb D, Restoration of the Endodontically Treated Tooth, (PEAK article), Practice Enhancement and Knowledge, Supplement to Feb/Mar 2008 Dispatch. Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental
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