A 22-year-old male asked:
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i have a tooth with large white fillings. my dentist suggests a crown to protect it just in case it may break. is is necessary?

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
37 years experience Dentistry
Second opinion: If unsure, go for a second opinion. An onlay may be more conservative if needed, but you need to evaluate clinically and radiographically to make a long term sound decision.
Answered on Dec 21, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
When in doubt: if the recommended treatment is necessary, you should get a second opinion. You should always feel comfortable with your care, and treatment plan.
Answered on Dec 24, 2015
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Lg white filling: Just because a tooth has a large filling, especially if it is a bonded white filling, does not necessarily mean it should have a crown.
Answered on Dec 21, 2015
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Dr. Scott Methven
19 years experience Dentistry
When a tooth has more filling material than tooth structure a crown is recommended and will protect the tooth. Obvious cracks or very deep cavities are other reasons. If a crown is done properly it will last a very long time. If a tooth fractures exposing the nerve or becomes infected from decay reaching the nerve the odds of the tooth lasting your lifetime is significantly reduced.
Dec 21, 2015
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Go with it: Your Dentist has probably determined that because of the size of the filling in your tooth the risk of fracture is high. In that case a crown that surrounds the tooth offers the best support.
Answered on Dec 22, 2015

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