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Are fillings and crowns the same?

Are fillings and crowns the same?

Not at all: No, fillings are placed directly into the tooth. A crown is made outside the mouth, then cemented on the tooth. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Crown (Definition)

The crown of a tooth is that part of the tooth on top of the root. The crown of the tooth is the part that is visible in the mouth. A crown restoration is a procedure that restores the crown of a tooth that is damaged by fracture or extensive decay by cementing a replica of the crown over a prepared tooth, and is one of the most common ...Read more


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Is it necessary to replace old fillings with crowns eventually?

Onlay vs crown: Another option for a big failing filling can be an onlay instead of a crown. It allows for a more conservative procedure. Think of an onlay like a puzzle piece that just replaces the broken down portion of the tooth, leaving the healthy part intact. ...Read more

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Can you put a filling on a crown? I chipped a portion of a crown and the part that is left I was wondering if a filling willworkor if they will have to replace the whole crown?

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Can you put a filling on a crown? I chipped a portion of a crown and the part that is left I was wondering if a filling willworkor if they will have to replace the whole crown?

As : As my colleagues commented, your dentist or prosthodontist might be able to repair the chip depending upon the location and situation. But you have to understand that it will be a temporary/weak restoration that can chip again at the same spot. ...Read more

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Can you get a filling on a crown?

Yes: If they had to cut a hole through an existing crown in order to perform a root canal treatment on the tooth, then yes, you could have the crown repaired with a filling presuming that the rest of the crown is in good condition. If the rest of the crown is no longer in good condition, then the entire crown should be replaced. ...Read more

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Could getting a filling / crown hurt without injection numbing?

Could getting a filling / crown hurt without injection numbing?

Usually: A dental injection can be done in most cases with little discomfort. This is much better than trying to endure the discomfort and pain of treatment without anesthesia. Having said that, I have had patients that insist on no anesthetic and did just fine. People have different pain thresholds. It's up to you and your dentist. ...Read more

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Does getting a filling / crown hurt without the injection numbing?

Usually: If you need a filling or crown, an experienced and skilled dentist can give injections these days in a way that you should feel very little discomfort. Much less than trying to do it without anesthesia. There are times when a very shallow cavity can be done without numbing, as I have done, but only under the right circumstances. Ask your dentist. ...Read more

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I had a temporary crown fitted today and it has come really loose what can I do I had a 5 fillings before this and they have all come out.?

I had a temporary crown fitted today and it has come really loose what can I do I had a 5 fillings before this and they have all come out.?

Call dentist : Definitely call you dentist soon because if the temporary crown does not fit snug, then your teeth could shift and your permanent crown will not fit correctly. Regarding your fillings falling out, sounds like you may have a condition with the enamel on your teeth which may explain why your dentist did a crown. I would discuss options for your fillings with the dentist. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I should have a crown or a filling after having a root canal?

Filling and crown: You need a filling to fill in the tooth and then get a crown to further protect the tooth and make it stronger. ...Read more

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I had a filling that took up most of the tooth. Could this be why the crown isn't staying on?

I had a filling that took up most of the tooth. Could this be why the crown isn't staying on?

Possibly: You didn't give many details but if there isn't adequate tooth structure left you may need an additional produce called "crown lenghtening" by a periodontist to correct the problem. This procedure does have some negative aspects in some situations so a good discussion of your options is very important. In some cases an implant may be a better option. ...Read more

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Filling was used to cover up the hole left from the root canal. Is that the normal procedure or should a new crown be placed?

Tooth build up: From your question it seems like you already have a crown and then they had to do a root canal through the crown. In that situation, just filling the hole by doing a build up is enough provided the existing crown is in good shape. However, if there is no existing crown on that tooth and the root canal is done, then you need a crown on the tooth for further protection after the root canal ...Read more

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I found out couple days ago from the dentist, I have 12 filled fillings in total, 2 of them being crowns. Is this considered a lot?

Not Necessarily : This is a difficult question without doing a thorough exam. I always show my patients on the xrays and I take pictures of the teeth to show them all the fillings they need. If you don't feel comfortable you can always go back in and ask the dentist to show you or go to another dentist for a second opinion. Feeling comfortable with your treatment is important and you should trust your dentist. ...Read more

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Had white fillings and did two crown work on low right molars. Have minor pain and swelling, thinking to remove. What do you think?

Had white fillings and did two crown work on low right molars.  Have minor pain and swelling, thinking to remove.  What do you think?

See your dentist : You should contact the dentist who did your restorations and have him or her take a look. Possible infection. The dentist should take a look before making any decision to remove any restorations. A root canal may be needed. But contact your dentist so any possible infection can be addressed before it gets worse ...Read more

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I need to have a crown done. Can you tell me how this is performed? I am scared to feel the pain and I had to be numbed 4 times for a filling.

I need to have a crown done. Can you tell me how this is performed? I am scared to feel the pain and I had to be numbed 4 times for a filling.

Trouble Numbing : Being scared — dental procedure is common.
To be injected many time before being numbed is the item that needs resolving.
Recommend you find a dentist that uses the "onset system" for numbing patients.
Dentist using this system may take a number of calls to find, & expect only one injection to be numbed in less than 2 minutes. Onset dentist can answer crown questions & give you confidence. ...Read more

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Have filling that's close to a root,1dentist said I should get a crown, another said she could put filling in it again, could they refill old filling?

Severity: Old filling can be revel and replaced. But if tooth severely compromised there may not be enough tooth structure left to adequately support a filling for a long period. If not, the best solution would be to crown the tooth to support the remaining tooth material. Seek the care that will give you the longest lasting result. Not being able to examine tooth, can't make choice for you. ...Read more

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What are our rights? My wife went to the dentist, they told here she needed fillings and crowns, told her it was $1200 worth of work. She said go ahead do it. By the time they were done our bill was 4300. Plus the idiot dentist forgot to put in one of the

What are our rights? My wife went to the dentist, they told here she needed fillings and crowns, told her it was $1200 worth of work. She said go ahead do it. By the time they were done our bill was 4300. Plus the idiot dentist forgot to put in one of the

Wow, : Wow, this sounds very frustrating. I suggest that you ask this same question on avvo's legal site. Lawyers write in to provide information to people's questions. It sounds like now you need legal advice about how best to proceed. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long should the soreness last after a cavity filling and crown?

How long should the soreness last after a cavity filling and crown?

Depends : Fillings can be sensitive a couple of days depending upon how deep the cavity was and the type of material used. If still sensitive after 48 hours, contact your dentist. Your tooth should not be sensitive after a crown placement. The crown might be too 'high.'your dentist may need to adjust your bite and check the health of your tooth. ...Read more

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How safe is it to have a gold crown sitting next to an amalgam filling?

Very safe!: As a dentist with over 25 years of experience, I'd venture to say millions of gold crowns are sitting there next to amalgam fillings. The vast majority of them (probably 99% or more) exhibit no interaction (significant galvanic current) causing symptoms. There is disagreement among dentists on this topic. Some dentists are very anti-amalgam and very passionate about it. Me? I place amalgams! ...Read more

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I have to replace a crown and get a filling for a cavity. Which one should I get done first?

I have to replace a crown and get a filling for a cavity. Which one should I get done first?

Both: The extent of the problem in each will determine which one is more important to do. Your own dentist can answer that question better than we can never having seen either tooth nor x-rays of them. If money is an issue consider at least having the crown removed to evaluate the tooth, and then temporized with a good fitting strong temporary crown. ...Read more

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Is it accepted stanard of practice for a dentist to make his own temporary crown out of filling material?

Yes: There are many materials that a provisional crown can be made out of, and filling material is one of them... ...Read more

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I had a root canal a few weeks ago and am scheduled for my crown or permanent filling tomorrow. I have a flight tomorrow evening. Is this a problem?

I had a root canal a few weeks ago and am scheduled for my crown or permanent filling tomorrow. I have a flight tomorrow evening. Is this a problem?

Shouldn't Be Problem: Since the root canal treatment removed the nerve & especially infection, there is little left to cause issue. You will probably leave with a temp crown so avoid sticky foods until final crown is delivered (usually 2-3 weeks). Be sure to tell your dentist first though and they might give you Magic Mouthwash to rinse with since the gum can be irritated after the crown prep is complete. ...Read more

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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 necessary?

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. ...Read more

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A small part of old filling for tooth fell off. Dentist discourage refilling and wants to do crown. No insurance so what is best?

Pay the piper: This is very common in dentistry. Usually an old filling fails and more tooth structure is lost. From then on the frequency of failure increasese exponentially. Your best move is to go ahead and get the crown. You will save money in the long run. ...Read more

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Had root canal done a month ago. Still having pain on one side of tooth. Haven't got permanent filling yet or crown. What could be going on?

Had root canal done a month ago. Still having pain on one side of tooth. Haven't got permanent filling yet or crown. What could be going on?

See DDS: Go back to the dentist that performed the root canal therapy to make sure that the tooth has not fractured, that additional canals are not evident or that a periodontal or endodontic abscess is evident prior to the fabrication of the crown. If all ok, do not wait to have the permanent restoration to avoid additional problems. If still symptomatic, a consultation with a specialist may be advised. ...Read more

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After a dental check, my dentist suggested options of crowns and composite fillings. The crowns are much more expensive. Do they have superior lasting?

After a dental check, my dentist suggested options of crowns and composite fillings. The crowns are much more expensive. Do they have superior lasting?

Both same avg life.: Crowns and composite fillings have statistically the same "life span" however that isn't apples to apples comparison. A small composite filling often easily outlasts a crown (if cosmetics are it an issue). On the other hand due to initial physical shrinkage of the composites (the larger the volume the more of an opening for decay) and other issues large composites fail much quicker then a crown. ...Read more

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My new molar crown, infected, root canalled by hole, temporary filling fall out, so went different dr, is filling method same, if root canalled or not?

My new molar crown, infected, root canalled by hole, temporary filling fall out, so went different dr, is filling method same, if root canalled or not?

Is this the problem?: 1) you had a new crown placed on one of your molars (was this a replacement for a previous crown that failed?)
2) infection then occurred, they did a root canal treatment& placed a temp filling which fell out
3) you went to new dentist, this treatment is possible: remove current crown, build up tooth & place new crown. Or if the crown is intact with just a small hole, fill hole up with composite. ...Read more

Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more