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How do I know if I need a crown on one of my molars?

How do I know if I need a crown on one of my molars?

Alternative: Your dentist can give you an opinion. With the development of strong porcelains, crowns can almost always be avoided today. Ask about porcelain onlays as an alternative to crowns. Not only are they more attractive, they also leave more of you own tooth. They can be made chairside in a single visit with the use of a computerized process called cerec. ...Read more

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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 there any assumed guarantee on dental crowns? A few years ago, my former dentist put a crown on one of my molars. Recently, a part of the crown (near the gum line, between teeth) broke off, and food is getting trapped in the resulting gap, causing gum

Is there any assumed guarantee on dental crowns? A few years ago, my former dentist put a crown on one of my molars.  Recently, a part of the crown (near the gum line, between teeth) broke off, and food is getting trapped in the resulting gap, causing gum

There : There are no guarantees expressed or implied with any medical procedure, and it is unethical for any health care provider to do so. You do not say how old the crown is, but it is possible that something is breaking down under the crown. It could also be that nothing broke off, but in fact, you have a bone loss in that area resulting in a space and a bacterial/food trap. Was a recent radiograph taken? What did your current dentist tell you? This cannot be left untreated. From your description, and assuming you are correct that something did break off, it could be that a small piece of porcelain chipped off the crown. If the gold coping under the porcelain flexed due to a cavity in that spot, the porcelain could flake off. If there is a cavity, it needs to be taken care of. Even if no cavity, the food and bacteria being trapped will constantly keep the gum tissue in that area inflammed, which can lead to a periodontal defect. You should see your new dentist to determine what exactly the problem is and what would be the proper course of action. ...Read more

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One of my molars hurt everytime i eat. What could be wrong with it?

One of my molars hurt everytime i eat. What could be wrong with it?

Possible cavity: But that's only a guess. You want a definitive answer... And you'll get that after a local dentist examines the tooth together with a radiograph. ...Read more

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A piece of one of my molars has broken off after accidentally biting a hard peppercorn. It hurt at the time but feels fine now, what should I do?

A piece of one of my molars has broken off after accidentally biting a hard peppercorn. It hurt at the time but feels fine now, what should I do?

Exam: The usual situation is that you have an area of decay in the tooth that eroded the supporting dentin under the surface enamel. Once sufficient pressure was applied to the unsupported enamel, it snapped off. If you wait long enough, the only option will eventually become extraction. Get it looked at by a dentist to assess your options asap. ...Read more

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What are the odds of an oral cyst returning after removal? I had an oral cyst near one of my molars removed, and was wondering if it's likely to return? .

What are the odds of an oral cyst returning after removal? I had an oral cyst near one of my molars removed, and was wondering if it's likely to return?


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The : The chance of recurrence of any oral lesion depends upon the nature of the lesion and how completely it was removed. When a lesion is removed the tissue is typically sent to an oral pathologist for evaluation. A report is sent to the surgeon indicating the nature of the lesion and if it has been completely excised. As to see the report and have it explained in terms of potential recurrence. Keep a copy for your personal records in case you ever change dentists or move. ...Read more

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One of my molars has ached for a few days and today I noted a black, bleeding line between this molar and another. The gum hurts/bleeds. What is it?

One of my molars has ached for a few days and today I noted a black, bleeding line between this molar and another. The gum hurts/bleeds. What is it?

See a dentist: This dark painful, bleeding area is something that needs to be evaluated and treated by a dentist. It may be something stuck under your gums causing a localized infection. A dentist would need to see you to evaluate and treat the problem ...Read more

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I've got a periodontal pocket in one of my molars. Any tips to get rid of it?

I've got a periodontal pocket in one of my molars. Any tips to get rid of it?

Yes: See a periodontist who can go over the treatment necessary to resolve the pocket. Regardless you need to practice better oral hygiene regimen. Treatment might include scaling and root planing or periodontal surgery with or without bone grafting. ...Read more

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Hello, I just found a cut on the roof of my mouth near one of my molars...I was wondering if this is normal It wasnt there this morning ?

Hello, I just found a cut on the roof of my mouth near one of my molars...I was wondering if this is normal It wasnt there this morning ?

Be patient: Fortunately, cuts in the mouth generally heal quickly and no medical help is needed. Avoid eating spicy or salty foods and keep a good oral hygiene after each meal. See your doctor for medical advise if the wound causes excessive pain or appears to be infected. ...Read more

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Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...Read more