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A 29-year-old member asked:

how is crowning done on a tooth?

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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
See below: A compromised tooth (fracture, failing old filling) may need to be covered and protected by a crown. First, there must be enuf healthy tooth as a foundation. It may be necessary to do a "core buildup". Then the tooth is reduced in all dimensions (ground down if you must), a mold (impression) is taken, and then a crown is custom fabricated to recreate the tooth that was once there.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
A little grinding: Teeth are prepared for a crown by trimming the tooth in various ways. Teeth can be restored with all non precious metal, semi-precious or more expensive metals. Even titanium nowadays. They can also be restored with ceramic crowns. It depends on your pocketbook, your preference of material and the location in your mouth. Want a gold front tooth? It can be done.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What happens at your tooth when a dentist puts a post and crown on your tooth?

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 48 years experience
Good things: Posts are placed in root canal treated teeth to strengthen them so a fracture does not occur at the gum line at a later time. Posts are commonly covered over with a crown that joins tightly to the contour of the tooth remains after the injury that necessitated the root canal. It is only the most severely damaged teeth that get this level of treatment. Protect the joint with good hygiene.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long can you go without getting a crown for a tooth?

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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 35 years experience
Depends: Did you have endodontic treatment? Is there decay? Does it have an existing crown? There are many treatment protocols, it's best to speak with your dentist. Generally, it isn't a good idea to wait for treatment...Depending on the reason for the crown, you may be able to wait a short period of time (week(s))...But the delay may result in a larger issue than you started with.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How far is it possible for you drill a tooth down without crowning it?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Why Is it Drilled: It depends why the tooth is being drilled. If the bite is off, an adjustment of the tooth usually takes off a small fraction of a millimeter of the enamel outer coating. Small areas of decay can be drilled out & a simple filling placed. When decay is deep, the tooth is fracture or more and 1/2 to 2/3 of the tooth needs restoring then a crown is needed.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

I have a crown that feels too bulky and would like to get a new one done. Would it effect the tooth structure under to get a new one?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Bulky Crown: Depending on what the material is the crown may be able to be recontoured. However, if the there is still an abundant amount of tooth structure underneath the crown, that maybe causing the bulkiness? You may have to have the tooth reduced some to get rid of the bulkiness? Anytime you have a tooth worked on there is always a chance the nerve may not like and may die. Be careful.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Should a bite evaluation be done on a newly crowned tooth?

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Dr. Nathaniel Chan
Dentistry 20 years experience
Yes if it feels off: Any new crown or filling for that matter should feel completely natural if it is fitting correctly. You should never have to adjust your bite to fit a crown or a filling, they need to fit you. However, there are occasions when even though there is no obvious discomfort, excessive wear on a filling or crown may still indicate that the fit is not correct.

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