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Is it necessary to replace old fillings with crowns eventually?

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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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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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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What to do if I am 18 yrs old. I had two silver fillers put in when I was 8. would it be okay to have them replaced with composite fillings?

What to do if I am 18 yrs old. I had two silver fillers put in when I was 8. would it be okay to have them replaced with composite fillings?

You can replace: Amalgam is a safe and durable choice. Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects. Advances in modern dental technology now allow the to place tooth colored composite fillings instead of amalgam fillings to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. ...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 of time. If not, 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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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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A few of my older dental fillings have mercury. Are they safe or should i have them replaced?

Leave it alone: The old mercury-silver fillings are not likely to do any harm. You may leave these alone. Trying to replace these has its own risks. ...Read more

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Which are better to get; white fillings, or the metal ones? I already have 8 childhood cavities. And can dentists replace old cavities and how?

White fillings: Yes the metal fillings can be replaced with white fillings. We usually do not replace them unless they need to be replaced because of decay of fractcures but you can request they be done. If the fillings are really large they will need to be replaced with a crown ( tooth colored ). The latest generation of white fillings last as long as metal fillings. ...Read more

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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