A member asked:

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

6 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Simon Rosenberg answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

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.

Answered Dec 9, 2013


Dr. Winston Muditajaya answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It depends on which part of the tooth is missing (due to drilling, decay, fracture, etc) and the circumstances. If a part of the tooth is a part required to support a filling, then a crown will be required. If you have concerns with your how much your dentist is drilling, get a second opinion.If anything this will either reinforce what your dentist has been doing or you find out alternatives.

Answered Jul 1, 2013


Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

A crown is recommended when there is not sufficient tooth structure remaining for predictable function. So when there are cracks or a large part of the tooth is missing a crown will protect the rest of the tooth from fracture.

Answered Oct 14, 2018


Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Depends on what's wrong with crown of tooth or the tooth's function. When you drill, tooth structure is removed. Simple bite adjustment may remove a minuscule amount of tooth material, not requiring restoration. If tooth is fractured, badly decayed, or infected, large amount of tooth material may need to be removed requiring a cap. And there can be anything in between. See Dentist for evaluation.

Answered Oct 20, 2018



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