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What happens if a tooth decays inside the artificial crown with time?

What happens if a tooth decays inside the artificial crown with time?

Maybe tooth loss: When a crown falls off, if it is decayed under it, the decay must be removed. The crown can sometimes be put back in, other times a new one must be made. Sometimes the tooth must be removed. Replacement with an implant supported crown is recommended. This happens less often with new all ceramic crowns, since xrays pass through newer crowns. You cannot see decay under crowns with metal. ...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 a root canalled tooth with a crown get decayed?

Can a root canalled  tooth with a crown get decayed?

Yes: You can get decay under your crown and the crown may need to be replaced. Because you have had a root canal you would not have pain or sensitivity if there is decay in the crowned tooth so make sure you have regular dental care so any problem can be detected early and be fixable so you do not loose your tooth. ...Read more

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If it was toothache from a decaying tooth, surely the pain would be constant all the time right?

If it was toothache from a decaying tooth, surely the pain would be constant all the time right?

Typical Progression: Early decay progresses though the tooth. Initially there is no pain. As the decay increases in size, the tooth becomes sensitive to cold & sweets. When the decay approaches the nerve, the nerve becomes inflamed & sensitivity to heat usually indicating irreversible damage requiring RCT. However there are no rules! Some patients only experience pain late in the game, others very sensitive early on. ...Read more

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I have a decayed tooth. how much tooth structure is needed for a crown only and how much warrants a post and core?

I have a decayed tooth. how much tooth structure is needed for a crown only and how much warrants a post and core?

Broken down tooth: There are no absolute values do determine if a crown or filling is needed. If the decay is very deep, then root canal therapy is needed in order to place the post. If you are unsure of the diagnosis, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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How to avoid the tooth from decay under the crown? Is there any procedure to avoid the crowned tooth from future decay?

Careful Hygiene: A crown won't decay, but the tooth that is supporting it can decay as easily as any tooth. You still need to brush and floss the tooth as you would any tooth, and avoid high sugar food and drinks habitually. If you do drink or eat high sugary foods, make sure to rinse with water or ideally brush soon after. A prescription toothpaste with high Fluoride content can help protect the margins also. ...Read more

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I am going to replace my crown. I want to know that my tooth structure will again be removed in replacing crown if there is no decay under the crown?

I am going to replace my crown. I want to know that my tooth structure will again be removed in replacing crown if there is no decay under the crown?

Not much: You did not say why you are replacing your crown, but any decay will be removed as well as any weakened tooth structure. If the tooth structure under your old crown was good then this will just be refined and there will not be a lot of removal of you existing tooth structure. ...Read more

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I had a great dentist for years. However, he missed a smelly decaying tooth under a crown for 5 years. How?

I had a great dentist for years. However, he missed a smelly decaying tooth under a crown for 5 years. How?

Bad stuff hides: Sometimes it is very hard to tell if bad things are happening under crowns, because we can't see under them, and x-rays don't show under them either. If the only examination you've had in years is the quick one when you get your teeth cleaned, it's time for the dentist to treat you 'like a new patient' and do a thorough examination like she/he's never seen you before. ...Read more

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How did i get bad tooth decay under crown?

How did i get bad tooth decay under crown?

Oral hygiene: A crown has a seal around it just like the caulking around you windows. This deteriorates over time and allows bacteria in if your oral hygiene or diet is not adequate. ...Read more

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Trouble with bad breath from around the same tooth that had decay under old crown? What now?

Trouble with bad breath from around the same tooth that had decay under old crown? What now?

See your dentist...: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but dental decay under a crown means removal is needed. It is possible to repair the tooth again and new crown placed, but chance is slim--the decaying tooth cannot hold the new crown (not healthy enough). Likely u will need tooth extraction and possible bridge or implant. The sooner the better..See your dentist/orthodontist. Good luck. ...Read more

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My two year old has a crown over front tooth. He had baby bottle decay, we immediately took care of. Front tooth now looks black? It's been a month.

My two year old has a crown over front tooth. He had baby bottle decay, we immediately took care of. Front tooth now looks black? It's been a month.

Go Back: See the Pedodontist who did the crown and ask. Your child might need to be checked to be sure all is well. Good for you to take care of this right away. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have a tooth that very decayed it is missing the top crowns of it. I believe it is a molar. It resembles a crater. Would that be a simple extract?

I have a tooth that very decayed it is missing the top crowns of it.  I believe it is a molar.  It resembles a crater.  Would that be a simple extract?

No: May not be extra table as a single unit. Because of the extent of the decay the roots may have to be removed separately. Reflection of gum tissue may be required to gain access. Integrity of roots may be compromised, complicating the procedure. Recommend seeing specialist Oral Surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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What is the main reason for tooth decay over time?

What is the main reason for tooth decay over time?

Bacteria and sugar: And by sugar i mean any carbohydrate. The bacteria eat carbs and produce acids which take calcium out of the tooth. Some acidic foods such as pop do the same thing. The best defense is flossing, brushing, avoiding pop and othe highly refined sugars, plus regular dental visits. ...Read more

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Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

It All Depends: All other answers are valid. However, I'd like to add that if the temp crown was recently placed while you're waiting for a permanent crown, the black coloration can be from bacteria getting through the temp crown. It's a result of not having a good seal with the temp crown and usually not a cavity. You commonly see this if the temp crown has been in place for some time where the seal is bad. ...Read more

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Besides typical tooth decay, what can happen if periodontitis is left untreated for a long time?

Besides typical tooth decay, what can happen if periodontitis is left untreated for a long time?

Tooth loss: Periodontitis is a gum and bone infection. Besides gums that are inflamed and infected, periodontitis causes bone loss. This bone loss is not reversible and eventually results in tooth loss. ...Read more

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Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time ?

Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time ?

Yes: Sugar based drinks, whether in sodas or juice, interact with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid byproducts. This results in the breaking down of tooth structure known as decay. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is much worse than drinking it all at once. Diet sodas have sugar substitutes which do not break down to the same acids as regular sodas but still have other types of acids. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a tooth decay at the nerve to kill you?

How much time does it take for a tooth decay at the nerve to kill you?

No set time frame: No one can predict how long it would take for a dental infection to overwhelm your immune system and cause your demise. Although death from a dental infection is very rare, it does happen. Why take the chance? Seek dental care now. ...Read more

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