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A 36-year-old member asked:

can any dentist explain if we normally get cavities in the hole where the crown is going?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edmund Lipskis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No you don't: Crowns should completely seal any areas of the tooth have been removed prior to crown placement. The edges of the crown should be smooth and flush with the tooth surface at the margins. Once a crown is placed, it is not likely to get a cavity where it seals the tooth. There will be parts of the tooth that the crown doesn't cover. Those can decay, just like any tooth surface - not related to crown
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: A well fitted crown surrounds the remaining tooth structure and protects it. If you brush well and especially floss daily you reduce your risk of recurrent decay. Follow your Dentist's advice.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Will I get an injection when getting a crown?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Most of the time yes: When starting a crown it is rare that you would not need an injection at some point. If it is a traditional crown you will come back for it to be placed and then you are less likely to need an injection especially if it has had a root canal.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can I get a crown if diabetic purely for cosmetic reasons?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Talk to your doctor: In most cases, yes, cosmetic dental procedures can be done safely in people with diabetes. However, if your diabetes is not under good control, or you have certain complications, that could increase the risk of infection or other complications from the dental procedure. Your doctor can help you understand your particular situation.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you break a crown?

9 doctor answers25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Hoffman
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes: Occlusal forces can be very strong and often times are too much for the porcelain on crowns to withstand. Even though strong crown materials are getting more esthetic (eg zirconia), gold and all metal crowns usually stand up to strong chewing forces best.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is better--gold or porcelein crown?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Equal: They both are effective replacements for teeth. Porcelain tends to be a little more expensive (although that might change with the increase in the cost of gold) and is used for teeth that might show in the front of the mouth. Gold, which is easier to fabricate, is used more towards the rear of the mouth.
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Currently Gold crowns do cost more because of the lab costs but they are more durable than porcelain. They both have their place
Jul 10, 2012
A 29-year-old member asked:

What could cause an alignment problem after crowning?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Crown too high: In most instances the crown is too high thus, causing your tooth alignment to become uncomfortable. This could easily be corrected by seeing your dentist to adjust the occlusal interference and thus, improving your alignment.

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