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Dental Question: I had a tooth that chipped badly and was supposed to get a crown.Had it fixed.Doc said I almost lost it.Is it worth it to get a crown?

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Dr. Theodore Siegel
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Crowns save teeth

One of the primary goals of dentistry is to preserve natural tooth structure.
A crown will cover a damaged tooth and decrease the force placed on that tooth when you chew. This is vital to the preservation of the fragile tooth and can save you from the need to replace a tooth that needs to be extracted due to extensive damage.

In brief: Crowns save teeth

One of the primary goals of dentistry is to preserve natural tooth structure.
A crown will cover a damaged tooth and decrease the force placed on that tooth when you chew. This is vital to the preservation of the fragile tooth and can save you from the need to replace a tooth that needs to be extracted due to extensive damage.
Dr. Theodore Siegel
Dr. Theodore Siegel
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: The rule of thumb

if your dentist can, then it is a good idea to do so and save the tooth.

In brief: The rule of thumb

if your dentist can, then it is a good idea to do so and save the tooth.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Dental Restoration

If a tooth is salvageable it is always better to save it than extract it.
An less expensive than replacing it, too.

In brief: Dental Restoration

If a tooth is salvageable it is always better to save it than extract it.
An less expensive than replacing it, too.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

If you want to keep the tooth, and it needs a crown, then obviously you have to get the crown.
If your dentist thought the tooth would last without the crown, he/she wouldn't have recommended it. Crowns are much stronger and more durable than fillings, especially on teeth with extensive damage, high functional load (chewing teeth), or previous root canal treatment. No crown = high risk of loss.

In brief: Absolutely

If you want to keep the tooth, and it needs a crown, then obviously you have to get the crown.
If your dentist thought the tooth would last without the crown, he/she wouldn't have recommended it. Crowns are much stronger and more durable than fillings, especially on teeth with extensive damage, high functional load (chewing teeth), or previous root canal treatment. No crown = high risk of loss.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Get the crown

Most teeth benefit from a crown once they are over 40% broken down.
If less than 50% remains, then the buildup is required also.

In brief: Get the crown

Most teeth benefit from a crown once they are over 40% broken down.
If less than 50% remains, then the buildup is required also.
Dr. William Williams
Dr. William Williams
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