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FAQs -> crowns


question (id # 2036)


I have lost the upper part of the back lower left molar but my dentist can save the tooth with a crown which is good news. He has also found hairline cracks on the rear right molar and he has proposed using a crown before this too fractures. I am happy with these proposed treatments. I have been given the option of a stainless steel crown at £350, metal free porcelain at £595 and 60% gold at £750. I would get a 10% discount as a member of the practice plan.

As this is a rear molar I have discounted the ceramic solution. I can afford either option for the metal. I am 66 years old and I while I have no idea how long I shall live, i am attracted to doing the job once and not having to re do it. What would be the more sensible choice for me to make?

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question (id # 1921)


Hi

I've had a crown fitted with a post. This is the sixth crown. All the others caused no issues from the moment they were fitted (& most of these are 30+ years & have no associated problems) This time my tooth/crown still hurts & has kept me awake at night. It was paid for ie not NHS or denlan etc. Could there still be an underlying infection? What redress do I have for the dentist to put this right without my paying out yet again?

question (id # 1900)


A long story but I have been referred to have a tooth out under sedation on the NHS. I was told by my original dentist that she could not crown it as there was insufficient tooth structure. (Tooth has large cavity extending below gumline.) Assessment at hospital - told tooth possibly wouldn't crown. Do you think it would be possible for the dentist to crown my tooth using a core/post build-up? And if so, do you know if this is available on the NHS? Am I allowed to request that the dentist tries crowning the tooth rather than extracting it? (To add to my story I have severe dental phobia and I'm suffering with severe depression at the thought of losing this tooth. I'm only 36 and this is my worst nightmare!!)

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question (id # 1875)


My daughter, aged 6 has to have a sterling silver crown fitted on her primary tooth and I'm wondering if its possible for her to have a zirconia ceramic crown fitted instead as the silver will be quite noticeable when she smiles. Does anyone know if these are fitted on children in the UK?

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question (id # 1868)


Since the birth of my second daughter I have had many problems with my teeth (she is almost 5). Whilst most of my back teeth are ok (wisdom teeth have been extracted), my front teeth are in a very bad way. In 2011 I was sedated by my dentist, I had upper left 1 & 2 extracted and replaced with implants and some sort of composite built up to a sort of tooth shape, upper right 1, 2 & 3 all had fillings, which have fell out several times and the decay has got worse, upper right 2 has nearly half a tooth missing. Upper left 3 is ok and upper left 4 has gone following root canal and the tooth breaking off after. Lower left 1, 2 & 3 and lower right 1,2 & 3 all have buckle caries, again the fillings fall out every 2 months. Upper right 1 is starting to break at the sides and chips are occurring on the front face of the tooth and upper right 3 has a quarter of tooth broken off. I am wondering if I am able to request all those affected teeth to be crowned on the nhs, as the fillings fall out so often and it is causing my dental health to worsen, wouldn't a crown be a better solution? I am only 26 and have been suffering for 5 years with my teeth, they are making my life a misery, I am ashamed of myself and will barely open my mouth in public unless absolutely necessary and i cannot bite using front teeth as it is painful and sometimes causes bits of teeth to break off. I struggle to bite through soft food like sandwiches! I am due to go to a new dentist in 2 weeks and needed your advice as to whether I can request the crowns to help solve this awful situation!

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question (id # 1867)


Can you tell me if you can get a white crown on the nhs for your 2nd pre molar?

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question (id # 1864)


Hi,

I've had my front four teeth crowned for the 2nd time now.

2 different dentists.

Although they look ok they never feel right,always bulky.

But the biggest prob i have with the permanent crowns is dryness.My top lip just sticks to my teeth and i experience a burning pain.

Rest of the mouth is fine and the i didn't get the dryness when i had the temps in.

The final crowns have been glazed etc so it's not making much sense.

They feel fine to the touch as well but just seem a little sticky sometimes until i run my lip over them a few times.

Thanks
Dave

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question (id # 1848)


As you can see from pic attached 2 of my crowns have moved down and look extremely unsightly and have slight movement. My dentist says I can't have done on the NHS as it's classed as cosmetic work and will have to go private, I would like to know if this is right

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question (id # 1845)


if a filling under the 10 years old metalic crown of 2nd molar is broken..wht are the treatment options.can the old metal crown be reused or it will be cut..is a partial coverage crown a suitable treatment option...urgent plz

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question (id # 1824)


had a crown installed on my bicusopid #28 last week. The new crown is larger then the original tooth and I am habving a hard time getting used to the back side of the larger tooth. Before I call the dentist can the dentist now successsfully resize the back side of the tooth now that it is in place.

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question (id # 1820)


Hello - Last time I went to my dentist, who I have been with for over 20 years (and am now in a minority of NHS patients at this practice) I pointed out that there were holes in two of my silver-coloured crowns. I was told that they were 'just one of those things' and not detrimental to the teeth beneath them even though I am feeling pain on eating/ drinking hot and cold food in these teeth. I feel that my dentist is not really interested in doing anything further to them as its not cost-effective. I also feel that these silver crowns which have been there for only a couple of years are not very robust compared with the previous gold crowns, which I am told the NHS no longer offer (although they are mentioned on the NHS website!) What is the best thing to do bar finding another dentist? Thank you

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question (id # 1803)


Hi - I've had a crown fitted today over a root canal and paid £400 on the nhs for a white one. From the outside you can slightly see a dark grey/black edge where it fits to my gum but on the inside this is much thicker and I'd say about a fifth of the thickness of the tooth itself. Should I go back and request a better one as I'm concious there can''t be any gum recession etc as I only had it fitted today! It's my second to back molar on the top - I also didn't know I was paying for a porcelain and metal tooth!

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question (id # 1799)


I recently had a porcelain crown replaced to one of my front teeth.I had it replaced as i had a root canal done 15 years ago and a metal bonded crown and the black margin line of the metal was showing.
However i am very disappointed to find that the crown still shows a black margin line. Could this be due to the root canal and the tooth being dark underneath it? and if so can anything be done.

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question (id # 1798)


Is it possible the post holding my crown in place contains copper? or could you tell me the composition of post that holds crown in place? Thank you.

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question (id # 1795)


my exboyfriend is moving to a different state. he has already paid for crowns with a dentist in his current state. when he moves can they mail him his crowns?

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question (id # 1794)


I have an upper lateral incisor which has become a little bit loose and is not very healthy. Both the upper premolars are sore because the tooth beside each is missing, hence they've become the teeth I chew with. Is it possible to have crowns fitted by the NHS and a bridge between the premolar and first molar on the right. If not, what is the likely cost privately? Best wishes Katrina

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question (id # 1793)


I am an NHS patient and was fitted with a front crown less than 6 months ago. Too my utter horror, while at a friends BBQ it came out and got lost, we tried in vain to look for it. As it is a front tooth I am very self conscience. My question is, as it obviously should not have come out so unexpectedly soon and has been lost, could I reasonably expect be able to get another NHS replacement without any difficulties? as I'm concerned I might be refused and being out of work I cannot afford to pay.

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question (id # 1783)


Hi i have a crown thats come off so im gonna go get it fixed nhs dentist. As it is a front tooth I also have two other crowns fitted next to it would it be worth asking my dentist to fit three new crowns as im paying for the top band treatment as ive had these crowns on for about seven years.

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question (id # 1770)


I had to have a crown and bridge removed because of decay under the crown. The tooth was root canal filled and the plan was to then replace the crown and bridge. The dentist says to go back in 6 months and have the replacement done at my next 6 monthly appointment. Where the old crown was I now have a stump over the root canal filling and a gap in front of it where the old bridge was. Is it usual to leave this for so long - I'm worried I may damage the stump before I get the new crown and bridge fitted. Also I did think this was all one course of treatment but am now told I'll have to pay all the upper band charge as well as what I've already paid. Is this usual or should I go back and talk to the dentist sooner than 6 months.

question (id # 1768)


In 1986 I had a crown on one front tooth which was crooked. In 2001,still unhappy, I had a veneer on the other front tooth and a new crown to replace old one. The new crown looked quite big and overlaps the (uncrowned) tooth to the right of it but the dentist at the time said he could not see anything wrong with it. After all this time i would still like something done with my top teeth and also my bottom teeth which are crooked and stained (tooth whitening at the dentist did not help much). My dentist (who is not the original one ) now says I would need implants which could be very expensive. What do you suggest. I like this dentist but still worry.

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question (id # 1761)


When the tip of my tongue touches the inside of my teeth it feels like something is on the tongue tip to spit out. It is really sensitive on the new crown that I got a couple of months ago.

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question (id # 1760)


About 2 years ago, I was experiencing much sensitivity on my 2 front teeth and went to the dentist. She said it was caries and resin was placed. 3 months ago, I chipped one of those front teeth and the resin fell off so the dentist made my tooth thinner (I say too thin) and placed resin again. I had too much sensitivity by then since resin was too close to the nerve so I had root canal therapy done and was told I needed a crown. The dentist did not give me options in terms of materials and thought that a metal infused porcelain crown was best for me (even though it is in my front teeth and it was just going to be that one tooth). A post was created and everything was fine except the temporary crown did not easily come off so they had to drill it off and a little of the post was removed in the process. The crown was cemented 3 weeks ago but I hate the color and I have experienced much discomfort for approximately a week now. It feels as if all my teeth are moving especially that one. I have a slight overbite so I don't know if it's normal to have that pain since I hit that part of the crown when I close my mouth or if it is due to the post issue. I went back to the dentist and discussed options. She says that she can remove it and place another porcelain crown for free or I can choose to get a more aesthetically pleasing and expensive one made of zirconium which should last longer and look better. I would like to get zirconium since I have read online that it resembles normal tooth more. I really don't want to have an extraction as I am only 25 so, my question is, could the compromised post be what is causing the pain? Also, if I do decide to get the zirconium crown (making sure she is very careful not to touch the post again), would having the post compromised be an issue? Lastly, if the post is compromised. What are the repercussions (what is the worst case scenario)? Will I have to get extractions.

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question (id # 1754)


I have had 3 porcelain crown replacement on the same tooth as it keeps breaking in the same place. My dentist has given me a mouth guard which I wear religiously every night since it was given to me approximately 2 months ago. The crown has broken again in the exact same place. Why is this happening? I'm fed up of having to keep going back to my dentist as I feel bad that somehow this could be my fault.

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question (id # 1752)


I have a porcelain/metal crown fitted about 12 years ago at my lower left molar (I believe number 19), and never had problem. Some time now I experiense a sensitivity on it. Specially when the weather is too cold or I get a cold. The dentist took X-Ray but could not find any problem.

I lost the same tooth but on the right side last year due to infection and since the extraction I've been feeling this sensitivity.

Sometimes I think in asking him to open and check but then I will loose the crown. Any idea?would the x-ray show any decay under the crown?

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question (id # 1735)


I had a second molar re-crowned a few weeks ago. The old crown, (put in by another dentist), didn't fit properly, & kept falling off. I found a new dentist, & the temp crown fit great. I didn't have any issues. But, the perm crown just doesn't feel right. My dentist adjusted the bite, but, I've told him that the crown either feels like it's loose, or as if it's "floating" when I bite down. He can't find anything wrong with it. Now, the gum line is becoming irritated directly above the crown. What can I do? I can't chew on it, & don't have money for another crown.

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question (id # 1731)


Hi,
6weeks ago I was in india and went to a highly recommended dentist and had 3 zircon crowns fitted on my lower left back teeth
One of them ( the very back one) had a root canal and post and core procedure.
I was advised by the dentist to use an' Airfloss / waterpik' to ensure good hygiene around the crowns which I have been using.
The problem I have now is.. One of the crowns ( rear root canal one) feels like I am holding water under the crown....its also a little sensitive ..not so much as in pain But..feels dense like a one of those temporary ones . !!
My question is.. Will this sensation pass or do I need to have it removed and re fitted? And. If so. Will a uk dentist take on this work?

Thanks in anticipation of a quick response ;-)

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question (id # 1720)


My upper left back molars have had root canal treatment, my NHS dentist says x rays show decay so the only option is to remove, thus leaving me with gaps. I've asked if he can crown or provide other options but he says they don't use crowns anymore? Is this true? He said my only option was dentures or private implants

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question (id # 1708)


What the difference, quality wise, between a NHS porcelain crown and a private crown costing £500.

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question (id # 1703)


I've just had 6 front crowns done and 2 vaneers. When I got the temporary crowns I'm I love it that they were slightly larger than my original teeth. And when o asked her if the real crowns would be the same size she said yes. But today when she fitted the real ones they are shorter than the temporary ones and I think shorter than my original teeth.
I'm a bit gutted really becaue it's cost me so much money and been blinking painful! Two of the crowns are actually a different colour to rest? Why? She said she would re do these. But I also want them longer/bigger. Re my bite, I got used to it with the temporise being a big bigger and loved it that when I smiled it was big wide smile. Now the teeth are small and for the money I wante the wow factor feeling.
Does anyone know is it easy enough for them to redo the crowns. Guessing it's just a case of them chopping off these ones, fixing temps again and pitting bigger longer ones on?

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question (id # 1696)


My two front incisors had root canal and crowns done on them. I have had the crowns replaced about 4 time with no trouble. Unfortunately the right tooth broke and I had to have a post put in and a new crown made. Since I had it fitted, there is pressure on all my teeth around the top of my mouth. It is also pushing on the left crown which is very uncomfortable and moving slightly. I have also noticed that I cannot bite together as the top teeth seem to have moved and dont line up. Also my bottom teeth are hitting the new crown. It is very uncomfortable. The new crown feels miles too big, it seems like its bulging out at the front and its difficult for my lip to go over it and it is also catching my bottom lip and caused an ulcer? Can any thing be done?? I feel so miserable, uncomfortable and wierd. thanks B

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question (id # 1694)


I had a crown put in 20 years ago. It has been put back in about 6 times during this period. My current dentist tells me that it cannot be put in again because I have a fracture in the root. This missing tooth is a front upper tooth. What are my options?

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question (id # 1682)


I am 23 years old and have my upper and lower jaws are a little disinclined, though it doesn't look odd. I had an injury few months ago and my front 2 teeth got damaged. I was planning for ceramic crowning on my 4 front teeth. I am concerned that would the ceramic crowns on my already bulge out teeth make my upper jaw look more bulged out?

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question (id # 1679)


My dentist has advised me to have a crown put on my upper 1st premolar, which was treated 12 years ago with a root canal. The tooth is completely intact, and since the treatment I have had no problems. I am concerned getting a crown may create more problems for a unproblematic tooth, for example decay may happen under the crown. Is the crown necessary in this instance?

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question (id # 1678)


Hi,
I'm currently an NHS patient and I'm undergoing treatment for root canal on an infected tooth which is a top front molar tooth. I've had a previous white filling in the tooth and when I spoke with my dentist he said that after the root canal treatment I would have to have a crown fitted over this. Although I'm not exactly thrilled with the idea of having a crown if it will protect my tooth and allow me to keep my tooth for a little longer I'm happy(ish) to hand over the £204 it currently costs through the NHS. My problem and therefore question is this he says I usually get a gold crown standard on the nhs and that if I want a porcelain crown I have to pay extra. Is this true? I know you pay extra for porcelain (white) fillings on NHS payment schemes but I was given to understand if it was the front part of your teeth that it was standard to fit the porcelain crown? I can understand if part of the tooth had broken off but so far the infection has remained local and hasn't effected any of the aesthetics of the tooth.

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question (id # 1667)


Hello,
How many times can You replace a crown?
I have these root canal teeth ( about 9) and crowns over , and I was wondering if they fall off, how many times can you replace them? I heard a crown last about 20 yrs with proper care.Then what? Do you just replace it with another one
What happens with the teeth under the crown?
Thank you very much

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question (id # 1656)


hello doctor iam 35 a librarian.five years ago i had an accident and damaged my three front teeth (which are slightly protruded).my dentist root canalled and covered it with a jointed crown.my look after this treatment is very much improved too.but now a days i had a worry that did the jointed crown protrude? what can i do then ?my anxiety growing day by day .please give your kind answer.

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question (id # 1649)


I had 4 crowns fitted to my front gums around 9 years ago I lost the 3rd one on Tuesday this weekand have no idea where so i am left with only 1 crown in the top front of my mouth, I am an NHS patient now and am now staying in the house as I cannot talk to anyone without them seeing inside my mouth. As an NHS pateint is there any way I can get an emergency appointment to have a temporary crown fitted quickly.

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question (id # 1642)


Hello, i am a 23 year female and got 2 of my front teeth crowned with zirconia 3 months ago after RCT. till now i haven't got much of a problem but i am concerned about my bruxism habit. currently my dentist gave me a custom made mouth guard nd told me to use it for 6 months. my question is do i need to wear any mouth guard after 6 months , not wearing any guard would cause any damage to my crowned teeth? or the other teeth? please help me with some suggestions..... wearing a night guard forever in future would protect my teeth from grinding? or is it harmful in any way? please help....im tensed....also what all precautions and care i need to take to protect my crowned teeth..... waiting for ur valuable suggestions....thanx !

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question (id # 1636)


12 months ago decided to go private after being disappointed by lack of care on NHS. Had full radiographs etc and was advised to have a gold crown on one of my back molars due to big filling and slight crack. 6 weeks ago this was done it felt a bit rough at inside edge and irritated my gums so on Tuesday i went back to get it smoothed. Since then its been a little sensitive when brushed do you think all is well

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question (id # 1635)


Hi,

Last week part of my no 2 molar borke of at the back between the two teeth, this is from a weekend tooth I believe as there is a large filling in the tooth.
At my NHS dentist he advised a filling.
I informed him I would like a more permanent option as I have had this happen before on another tooth and feel a filling is possibly weakening the tooth, I.e I would like a crown.

My dentist told me that he recommends a filling on the tooth as it will cost £200 for a crown.
I informed him that I am currently on maternity exemption having given birth in October 2011.

Having had a check up and X-rays only a month or so before I reminded the dentist if this, should there be any sign of disease on the X-rays, but he changed the subject.
He again xrayed my teeth and urged me out.
He did not ask if I was in any pain. I have been, my jaw was painful and felt like I had a lump on it.

The dentist stated again that he recommends a filling and for me to go away and think about it.

I tried to ask questions about both options positives and negatives but was given very limited responses.

I feel that the dentist only wants a cheap quick fix for NHS fees and that is why he recommends a filling. He did not want to listen to my concerns or give me details on options.

Having searched the Internet for the options I am still leaning towards requesting a crown.

Any advise would be much appreciated.

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question (id # 1628)


Hi there, I really hope somebody can help to clarify a few things for me.I have alway had trouble with my two top front teeth, I have had an abscess and had root canal in both. My left tooth has also been filled on both sides.A few years ago one of the fillings came out and I had it refilled by my NHS dentist, as I was pregnant I did not have to pay for this. The tooth was not cleaned up prior to the new filling being placed which left a very discoloured line between tooth and filling. I pointed this out to my dentist and he said that if I wanted it to look nice he could do it privately for me. The other filling has been in since I was 15 (20 years) and has also developed a stain line and the tooth us generally quite discoloured.My right front tooth is not as bad but does not look very good either.I have become increasingly self-concious about my teeth and tend not to smile much anymore.I am currently off work with young children but dread going back into work, attend interviews etc...I enquired about crowns but again my dentist said that he would only do it privately and then told me that it would not be viable to do just one tooth as my other teeth "are far too discoloured" and I would need all four front teeth done.I cannot afford to have four crowns fitted privately, but I also cannot carry on as I am as it really affecting my daily life.I haven't been back to my dentist since as he left me feeling so embarrassed by my teeth.Is he right in what he says about not being able to have just 1 crown fitted?

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question (id # 1627)


I have just had a root canal done to my lower 1st molar. I was under the impression (as I had not previously had a R/C done) that it would be finished with a filling so I requested a white filling as it is close to the front of my mouth.

Just as the dentist was finishing the white filling he tells me that due to the root canal, my tooth is now brittle and will need a crown.

My question is this, did I need the filling before the crown or could the crown have gone straight on after the R/C?

If the filling was necessary then could I have had an NHS filling (silver) and then covered it with a porcelain crown or would this have been a problem with A) the silver showing through and B) the different materials reacting with each other?

I don't like the feeling I have been ripped off out of £90.00 for a filling I might not have even needed (especially now having to fork out £400+ for a crown!)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Michael

question (id # 1614)


I had extensive dental treatment in the 80's which amounted to having a full mouth of crowns. The 4 top front ones where replacements, because I had gum shrinkage. I have had all of these crowns since then but now I also have a bottom denture plate. I have extensive gum shrinkage which shows approximately 2-5mm of root above the crowns. Over the past 4 years, at every visit to the dentist, I have asked if I can have replacement crowns as I have had no treatment as I did not need any, including a dental polish, as I keep my crowns meticulously clean including flossing. Am I allowed to insist that I want new crowns because these crowns, as well as having damage on a few of them such as chips. Is there a limit on the age of the crowns whereby I am allowed to have replacement crowns.

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question (id # 1611)


I had a crown some years ago and now have a lot of pain from that area I understand you cannot see on xray through a crown so how can I confirm this is the bad tooth.

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question (id # 1606)


I had root canal treatment following damage to my tooth by a previous dentist during a small filling. The new dentist fitted a crown which is a bit "fat" and the top has no definition, but I can live with this. However, I have aching on and off and I can feel the edge where the crown ends just above the gumline. The dentist has told me that this is good as the crown line can be seen, which is beneficial. This is on three sides - not the front. It is difficult to floss as I have to be very careful not to get the floss stuck under the edge. From allthe photos I have seen I thought that the crown fitted seemlessly onto the remaining tooth, i.e. edge to edge. Can you advice whether this is in fact beneficial and correct. It is an NHS corwn, so I do understand the cost constraints. Many thanks.

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question (id # 1602)


i am very unhappy with my bottom teeth. they are uneven in height and very crowded. could i have a traditional brace fitted? veneers? or the front four crowned?? HELP! thanks

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question (id # 1600)


Hello, I'm 30 and I have cracked the first big molar on my lower right side. I've cracked it and had it filled before, but my dentist now says that because so much of my tooth has cracked off, i'm best having a crown to fix it. Only the bits at the back have cracked, the front of the tooth (which is visible if I do a big smile) is all fine.
Apparantly, because a lot of the tooth is filling, she has advised that i can't get a white crown and I can only have a gold one. Is this true?
I do tend to grind and clench my teeth a lot.
I really don't want a gold tooth because I think it will be visible when I talk and laugh. I don't have a 2nd premolar on that side - the adult one never came through, so the gold tooth would be a little more further forward in my mouth compared to other peoples.
It's only the back of the tooth that has broken off, there is a ceramic filling inside, but the front of it is fine.
Does a crown have to cover all of the tooth?

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question (id # 1599)


Last week I had a porceline crown fitted to my lower R/H/S molar 2nd in from the back.

When I was shown the crown before fitting I noticed a round shiny spot the size of a match head on top of the crown which stood out considerably as it was surrounded by white porceline. I can't remember exactly the reason the dentist gave for how this came about but he said something like he hadn't allowed enough space between the bite or something similar. I went home that afternoon & after sharing a joke with my 7 yr old son we both had a laugh & he said daddy you have got a hole in one of your back teeth. The fact that it cost me $1495 Aust I was expecting it to look like all the other teeth ( I had all my amalgams removed yrs ago & replaced with composites & like the natural white look) now I have a crown that looks like it has a black hole in it. I Assume to fix the problem would require it to be done again losing more of my original tooth which I'm not happy about.

Is this a regular occurance with crowns & are there any down sides of having this metal protruding through the porceline for me besides aesthetic.

As I haven't got a lot of money do you think Ihave a case for asking for a reduction in theprice

(I have paid $900 towards it already & agreed to

pay the difference off within 2 Mths. )

Thanks Paul

question (id # 1593)


Hi I had veneers on my two top front teeth about ten years ago by nhs dentist due to mild erosion and gaps . They are much darker than my natural teeth and are protruding my new nhs dentist says my teeth have moved and recommends crowns I get free treatment at the moment but dentist says I can only have one crown done at a time and will have to wait 3months for the second one is this right ? Also when my veneers were fitted dentist had said my teeth didnt look that bad but went ahead with the veneers anyway so is it possible I could get composite filling over them instead of crowns ? I am worried about getting crowns as I understand alot of my natural tooth /teeth will be filed away

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question (id # 1590)


I had a root canal and subsequent crown installed ($2200) on rear molar, second to last, lower....after three days i noticed two black 'holes' and a off white area about 1/2 centimeter......went back and dentist said that because of upper molar extending down too far (for which he filed) it had worn crown down to the subhousing (metal i suppose) is this normal to have such a thin venear of porcelain between the finish crown and its actual structured base? how does it wear thru after just a few days? i was hoping to get at least 5 years out of it. he guarantees for a year and said this was purely cosmetic . very small and not a threat to my health. i just feel at 2000 the tooth should look like george clooney's!

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question (id # 1586)


my two year old crowns (eight on front top teeth) are too big with no gaps between and look unnatural and like false teeth. can they be filed down in length and width?

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question (id # 1585)


I am 30 years old and have had a porcelain crown on my second last bottom molar since my early teens. The gum has slowly receded over time so you can see silver around the porcelain, now I can see some of the original tooth where the gum has receded. I was prompted to look because the gum felt a bit tender when I was brushing. Is this bad??

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question (id # 1584)


Hi the tops of my bottom four front teeth have become brown over the years.
The brown stains cannot be removed by the hygienist and are very unsightly.
I`m so ashamed of the state of my teeth
that i hardly smile and try not to talk face to face with people.
would it be possible to have my bottom front four teeth crowned on the nhs or would i have to have them done privately(which i can`t afford)
thank you,
A.James

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question (id # 1578)


Hi,
I am a 24 year old female. I had severe erosion of the enamel on my two front teeth due to sucking on lemons as a child. Recently I had my two front teeth crowned with zirconia crowns and they look great! However, it now feels like my back teeth don't touch as much as they should. My dentist did the paper test, having me chew on a piece of paper and said that it all looks fine but she did seem a little concerned with what I told her. Basically, it feels like when I close my mouth, my front teeth touch first and hardest and that's where all of the pressure is. The main issue with this is that I grind my teeth at night and my dentist worried that it could be bad for my new crowns. The first few days after I had the permanent crowns placed I woke up with terrible headaches from grinding, but now 5 days later I am not having those headaches. Honestly because my front teeth used to be so small, it may be that it just feels very different to me because the back teeth used to rest on each other and now that I actually have larger front teeth they don't. My dentist has grinded down the backs of my new crowns a little and it feels a little better but she didn't want to do anymore because of my overbite, stating my bottom teeth were just 1mm away from hitting the roof of my mouth. She even ground down my bottom teeth a little to help. Next time I go in she will do final adjustments (if any) and fit me for a night guard. Can you please tell me your thoughts on this? Is there supposed to be more pressure on the front teeth and if not, will it be that bad for my crowns?
Thank you,
Melanie

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question (id # 1572)


Hi, I have a massive hole beneath my lower incisor and 2 NHS dentists say they cannot offer a crown or a denture without a fee. I have had fillings but they come out within a week or so. I receive pension credit. I have a partial denture that I have stopped wearing as it pivots centrally and is painfully uncomfortable and a speech impediment. It has just occurred to me that I can see no reason to not have a crown for free.

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question (id # 1568)


IM AN ADULT, HAS BEEN WEARING 2 UPPER FRONT CROWN JACKETS FOR 9YRS.CAN I WEAR DAMON OR INVISALIGN BRACES TO FIX LOWER BITE

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question (id # 1554)


Hi.

I went for a check-up on 28th November. The dentist did a bit of proding around and said that there were no problems with my teeth. I have had no problems for years. I came home, started eating my tea and noticed that my crown was moving. I had had no movement in the crown prior to this. I telephoned my dentists and explained to the receptionist that I had been for a check-up a few days earlier and on returning home I noticed movement with my crown. I felt that this was possibly something to do with being at the dentists. The receptionist booked an appointment for me for Thursday 8th December. I went in to see my dentist. He told me that it was still well attached and that he did not want to force the crown off because he could damaged the root of the tooth. He told me to go home and chew some toffees and to get back intouch as soon as the crown has come off. My crown came off on the evening of Saturday 10th December. I made an appointment this morning (12th December) to have the crown re-fitted today. The dentist tried to re-fit the crown. He asked the dental nurse for some filling to re-fit the crown and I got told that the crown will not go back into place. He actually asked the dental nurse for some filling. He tried to trim the crown slightly and then gave up saying that I will have to have another one made. I do not understand why after only less than 48 hours of the crown being off my tooth it will not go back on. Could it have something to do with the fact that he put to much filling on the crown and that has stopped it from going back on? I have noticed that a large scratch has appeared on the crown since the dentist tried to re-fit it. Can I have some advice please?

Thanks

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question (id # 1550)


My cosmetic dentist fitted for me 9 zirconium upper crowns for cosmetics reasons.The treatment was completed 1 month ago.However from the beginning I made him aware about 3 crowns having open margins.He said the problem is going to sort out by itself,which it didn t.I also can feel the margins quite rough.
This was the second set of crowns he fitted,the first ones had exactly the same problems but all 9of them.
I have an appointment with him next week,but when I first made him aware about the problem he seemed very reluctant in discussing it.
I have spent lots of money on these crowns and I wouldn t want to re-do them soon.
Please advice.
What should I do if he refuses to replace them?
Is he obliged to replace them?
Thank you for you time.

Marina

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question (id # 1549)


i had cap in my front teeths n don't match with others...i want to remove it but i grind my teeth before capping...so what i should do now to make them natural?

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question (id # 1545)


Hi, im getting root canal done at greenhead dental practice, i started it on my checkup appointment so havent had much done, just got a temporary white filling so far(toothless until my next appointment in a just over weeks time) im having to get it done because my decayed tooth had become to weak and cracked off. my dentist has give me a plan, on this it says ''Crown - Porcelain bonded to Non- precious metal''(does this mean he has chose this crown and i dont have a choice) because through research and asking people i found that gold crowns are the best as theyre stronger and longer lasting etc. im having it done on my lateral incisor, im not bothered about all my teeth looking the same colour as i care more about it lasting long. can i choose if i want a gold one? Also, im paying £204 for my treatment, is the crown included or would i have to pay extra?

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question (id # 1541)


I recently had a crown replaced on my back right molar as there was decay underneath it. It already had a root canal too. The first dentist I went to see recommended extraction, so I went to another dentist for a second opinion. Although the prognosis for the tooth isn't great he suggested that he could try and save it as "sometimes these things can work" So I have had the tooth treated again, decay removed, a post put in and new crown. This was over a week ago but the area around the tooth is still very painful.(from near my ear to front teeth) I went back and the bite is fine and he doesn't think there is a fracture in the tooth after tests, nor an abcess and the root canal treatment looks good on the original xray. He said there could possibly be a slight infection from all the recent work so I have been given antibiotics which haven't worked so far. I asked about extraction but was told its too early to say and to give the tooth time to settle - also extraction has its own risks as my tooth has very long roots. He said that on the whole the tooth looks solid and I have plenty of bone around it so I'm confused as the comments sounds a little contradictory. I'm really not sure what to do and how long to give the tooth to settle. At the moment the pain is having a big impact on my life and can't see how I'd be able to cope with this if its likely to be long term. Any advice welcomed...

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question (id # 1538)


my crown has just fell out i had it put in 10 years ago from having root canal treatment its porcelain crown its my third tooth form my front tooth. will they be able to replace it with another porcelain crown how long should it be before i go to the dentist has it happen tonight

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question (id # 1537)


Hello, My dentist recommended replacing my older crowns. I would say they are all approximately 6-8 years old. He believes the margins are not fitting correctly therefore there Is a possibility of decay getting under and compromising the root of the tooth. Is there another way of knowing this without having to take off and replace a costly and timely procedure? How necessary is this? I have three that he would like to replace. Thank you.

question (id # 1535)


Could someone help me,please?I just signed a contract with my dentist for a smile make over which will cost me a fortune.we started with the upper teeth and needed 8 crowns.(i had 6 before which needed replaced anyway).the treatment was done,and crowns placed.the dr said he s going to make the crowns a bit larger so i can show some teeth when i talk/smile.the crowns came,colour ok.there was some problems with the size so he sent 4 back and cemented 4.the ones he cemented have a space between the gums and the crown ,i even can stick my nail in between!initially,when he replaced the 6 crowns i already had,he commented the crowns were very bad made and a distance came up in time (7 years though)between the gum and crown.in the beginning he also said i might need gum surgery but it will be included in the price of the contract.afterwards e decides i don t need it.and now some white lines appeared on 2 crownsand i m thinking maybe bcs they are larger they don t absorb the pressure well ...i don t know what to do.they costs me a lot and i wouldn t want to end up with the same problem i went with it,i don t think there should be a space between the gum and the crown.what are my options?would the dentist agree to change them ?do i need to cancel the contract and look for another dentist?please advice

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question (id # 1534)


I have just had a silver crown fitted on the NHS, to replace a 20yr gold, back lower molar crown which had developed decay underneath. After the fitting I felt pressure to the next teeth as if it was too big (wide not high). The dentist attempted to drill/shape the crown to make it more comfortable and has asked me to go back next week for a review and polish. I am concerned because I cannot get floss between the teeth either side of the crown. What I would like to know before seeing my dentist again is how much is it possible to improve the situation with the crown in situ. Ie. how possible is it to improve the fit of the crown and is it likely to damage the teeth either side if he starts drilling down the sides. If I am unhappy that I cannot floss can I reasonably ask for the crown to be replaced? And if they leave the crown as is, can it cause damage to the teeth either side.
The bite itself seems ok, thankfully.
I would be grateful for any advice.

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question (id # 1533)


I need a root filling and crown to my back molar tooth. I have a tax credit exemption certificate. Can I have a crown fitted to the back molar under this certificate or is this something I would have to pay for out of my own pocket.

question (id # 1530)


I broke my front tooth 20 years ago and have been having trouble ever since. After having the first crown fitted I experienced pain with the nerve so had the nerve removed. The porcelain crown I have now is starting to look ugly. The crown is still great (if a little lower than should be) but my receeding gum has a black/purple mark at the top of the crown. My dentist told me that as the tooth has no nerve the crown has dropped and the top of my gum has started to receed. He tells me he can make a new crown but if he needs to cover the gum patch and did it all in white it would look odd as it would be bigger than my other front tooth. He says he will make a new crown with the top part pink (looking like my gum) is this possible? I've never heard anything like it. Are there any alternatives?

question (id # 1529)


my 2 yr old had 2 white crowns put on her 2 front teeth yesterday and want to know how accident prone and how long they last before chipping and would plastic top sippy cups cause it to chip? dont have much info on it and worried to death... Thank u

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question (id # 1519)


I just had a crown put on my front tooth and I can see a yellowish color on the front of it. I think it the stump of my old tooth that they file down and made smaller for my crown to fit over.Is this normal and what could I do to fix it.

question (id # 1518)


I have broken a back tooth that already has a large amalgam filling. The dentist has advised it be crowned. A white, non NHS, crown has been advised on the grounds that it is a superior product when compared with a NHS gold one. Before I proceed can anyone please comment whether this is correct?

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question (id # 1513)


Hi, I sent in a question last night and this is to follow up with a picture, I hope this proves to be useful. I know my smile is not great (in fact looking at the picture has made me feel worse) which is getting me down it did used to look ok but the colouring of the crowns have definatley yellowed and now with the receding gums I am comletely reluctant to smile :0(

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question (id # 1505)


I have had a back molar prepared for the fitting of a crown. My previous dentist told me I had 3 options with NHS treatment (Gold, silver or white) or I could opt for a porcelain crown if I wanted to pay privately. I decided that I would go with the NHS white crown, even though it is on a back tooth I really dont want a gold or silver tooth. I have spent alot of time and money replacing my silver fillings with white ones. My new dentist has told me that due to the state of the tooth, my only option is a gold or silver crown. I am extremely upset at this and wondered 2 things:
1. If there is too much decay in a tooth, is a Gold/Silver crown really the only option?
2. Is there actually an NHS treatment that provides a white coloured crown?
Thank you

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question (id # 1501)


I had replacment crowns placed on my two front teeth. I sent them back once because of the colour (too cream) and then had them cemented on last week. I did have the opportunity to look at these in the mirror but have to say I was concentrating on the colour. Once cemented on I could tell they were far longer and set further forward than my other teeth. My dentist asked me to see how I felt after a week and then return. I really don't like my new crowns and wont smile as they are far too long and stick out further than my other teeth. The left one protudes out further than the right. I've asked several people and they agree even my 11 year old daughter who said mummy your teeth stick out. I'm worried that if my dentist starts to trim these down they will loose their translucent edge (as the middle is very opaque and lifeless), and that they will still protrude. Can i ask my dentist to remake these or at least the left one?

Kind regards

Mrs Michelle Lynch

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question (id # 1496)


My front crown (about 20 years old and once recemented) has come off. My dentist says it cannot be recemented. I don't understand her reasoning as I was not aware of losing any of the tooth at the time it came off and the crown with post intact do not appear ot have any broken material attached to it. I have done a temporary fix whilst awaiting a denture plate. My fix seems reasonably firm given that I have not used tooth cement. Is it likely to be right that the there is something wrong with the tooth base and it can't take the recementing?

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question (id # 1495)


I visited my dentist due to persistent pain. After three visits, he concluded that the problem was because my gums had receded from a crown. He replaced the crown. I still have the pain and now the bite is off. I cannot chew on that side due to the bite and pain. My dentist does not accept that there is a continuing problem and says the bite is fine. Should I get a second opinion?

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question (id # 1490)


Hello, I had a NHS crown fitted in August on my front tooth. After it was fitted there was a black gap big enough that food got caught in it and it looked horrible. I have been back today to talk to my dentist but she said all she can do is putting a composite filling in which she did. It doesn't look great and I am so unhappy but I don't know what to do. Is that normal procedure? I hope you can help

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question (id # 1475)


Thank you so much for your reply. As my dentist says my oral hygiene is exemplary I am wondering if the white substance around my crowns is infact as you say a reaction to dental materials. My GP is running some tests to see if any bacteria or yeast is present in the discharge.
I heard a programme on Radio 4 about some gold crowns that are being placed that are infact made of a mix of nickel, aluminium and copper. These crowns are known as aluminium bronzes. How would I find out if my 'gold' crowns are true gold or if they contain nickel to which I have an allergy? I hadn't thought of exploring my crowns as a source of my increasing ill health as I just assumed they were the gold I asked for until I heard the radio programme.
Does anyone know how many of these aluminium bronzes are in circulation or how many are being placed each year? Are they becoming fairly common? Should I be concerned?

question (id # 1472)


I have root canals and gold crowns on both lower first molars. Every morning when I brush my teeth I notice that around the crowned teeth there is a thick white mucus like substance. Sometimes it floats off and I find stringy bits of it in my mouth which I have to spit out. It doesn't smell and my husband assures me I don't have bad breath. What is it and why does it keep appearing just around these teeth?

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question (id # 1461)


I had a crown fitted yesterday. It was a porcelain fused to gold crown. At the inner gumline I can see a thin dark line which looks like metal from the crown. It is only visable on the inner gum not all the way round the crown. Is this expected with a metal/porcelain crown? I am a bit disappointed as I did not expect to be able to see the metal.

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question (id # 1384)


I have a 25yr old gold capped tooth which has since been root filled 10yrsago but the margins are bad & look as if the tooth is decaying underneath. It may need extracting , I am very anxious as I know it may break and be hard to get out. Help!

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question (id # 1377)


I have 6 crowns on the bottom of my mouth which are now loose. Can these be re-cemented back into place.



These crowns were placed because I was a radiation patient and started having trouble with my own teeth. I'm very upset at this point, I've had so much dental work already. Thank you so much,

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question (id # 1361)


I have 4 attached porcelain crowns on my front teeth and just broke one hitting a counter. What do I need to do to fix this problem? It smashed into a million pieces

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question (id # 1347)


I have had a gold crown amongst my front teeth for around 8 years now, but it has gone a dark gold-black colour. Is there any possible restoration procedure to return the gold tooth to its original colour? If so, can I do it myself?

What would the cost be of re-doing the crown? Thank you.

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question (id # 1321)


I am in my 50,s and have always had a lot of trouble with my teeth. about 8 years ago I had quite a few new crowns, I was really pleased with the results, but my teeth have moved !! is it possible for me to now have a brace fitted. My dentist was really good but has now gone private and I am afraid my check ups have lapsed. I know the treatment would cost quite a bit but am prepared for that as long as I am not pushed into having unnecassary fillings etc just to fill the dentists pockets!

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question (id # 1307)


I had root canal surgery carried out on an upper front tooth nearly 30 years ago. This tooth is now very grey and looks unsightly. I have been told that I have two options to rectify this;

a) a crown

b) internal whitening



Which is the best option and what pitfalls should I be aware of?

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question (id # 1219)


I was told by my dentist I needed four crowns on my lower teeth. Two would be done on the NHS and two would be private. However, when she came to fit the crowns, they were all joined together, without my knowledge. If one of the crowns needs replacing will this be possible? And if one breaks, won't this affect the other crowns? I'm also concerned about dental hygiene as I can't clean between the teeth. None of the teeth were wobbly or missing; she simply filed them down and fitted a "bridge" on the top. Should I be worried?

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question (id # 1137)


I had root canal treatment in India and had a cap fitted with cement.  Three days later, during travel to the UK, the cap came out.  Can I have this refitted and how much will it cost please?

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question (id # 1112)


I had my top 6 front teeth crowned recently. My teeth were chipped and worn and my dentist would not replace with veneers as he thought the veneers would not hold up to my grinding or whatever was causing the trauma. He didn't mention the dark line I would have at the gumline. I am happy about the color, shape and everything else except the line. He mentioned some sort of "composite" that could be used to correct the dark margins. Have you ever heard of this? Thank you.

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question (id # 1076)


Due to a childhood accident, both front teeth are dead and are root filled.  I now had cerec porcelain crowns fitted on my upper front teeth 2 years ago; previously I had Captek crowns with gold fused to porcelain. Some bleaching of the stumps was undertaken before fitting the crowns. However the teeth underneath are still dark thus creating an opaque effect. I have been told that I need to start again and have bleaching on all teeth, then internal bleaching on the dark front stumps, then new crowns fitted. I am assured that this will make my restored front teeth look identical in translucency to my natural teeth. I would like to know if it is possible to bleach the front teeth internally whilst my exisiting crowns are in place rather than pay £2000 for more treatment on my front teeth.


 


Patient Feedback


This lady tried to find out from her dentist (in Hungary) what cement was used but was unsuccessful!  She has now found a dentist willing to drill through the back of the crowns and do some internal bleaching for £350 but felt that this was too expensive and that she could get a crown for that. 


We put this to a root canal specialist on our panel who comments as follows:-   


'There are major considerations in this procedure and you could try it and end up with markedly weakened teeth and it also may not work.  Achieving the highest level of aesthetics, requires the materials and technical expertise that do not square with economy.  If you can get a beautiful crown for £350, good luck but you have already tried the economy route in Hungary and it hasn't been successful - I recommend getting a 2nd opinion!'


The team at
www.allaboutteeth.co.uk


 

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question (id # 1070)


A cosmetic dentist has now supplied me with a crown over one of my front teeth, which has been reduced to an unsightly black stump. Unfortunately, all three crowns have allowed the black stump to show through the crown, making it look grey at that point. The rest of the crown is a perfect match. I want the highest quality crown, but without the black tooth underneath showing through. What should I ask for?

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question (id # 1065)


All my front teeth have been post-crowned, but for the last fifteen years or so, I've had endless problems with crowns either coming off or more recently snapping off.  Recently I had to have my right top lateral root removed because it was split. The gap has been filled with a temporary bridge attached to the canine, again on a post.
It now appears that my right front crown is also split and infected. I don't want this one bridged, because I really don't want any more possibly damaging work done on my already weakened tooth roots.
Implants are probably out because of lack of bone, not to mention lack of money.
Can a split root ever be repaired? And are there any dentures (if it comes to that) that are lightweight and non-intrusive? I am really quite desperate!
Many thanks, Enid

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question (id # 1027)


What is the difference between captek crowns and porcelain crowns please?  Which one is the best?  Which one looks more natural (upper front tooth)?  Thank you.

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question (id # 1016)


I just had 5 upper front teeth crowned with zirconium crowns. They look gorgeous and feel okay. When my husband told his dentist about them, his dentist was skeptical, saying the technology was too new. I have the utmost faith in MY dentist, but just for argument's sake, what is the downside of zirconium?

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question (id # 1014)


Two months ago I had three crowns fitted. I was given various options as to the materials that could be used and decided on Porcelain fused to yellow gold. This was the most expensive option
offered.  I explained to my dentist that I had concerns regarding a visable grey/black gum line which I had seen on several friends crowns. I was assured that a Porcelain/yellow gold option would ensure this did not occur.

I am now due to return to have a partial denture in Vitallium metal with gold clasps fitted ( I currently have a regular partial denture.) I am, however, horrified with the dark grey line that has appeared on the gum line of all three crowns after just two months. On one crown there apprears to be a metal substance protruding at gum line. Additionally, I also have considerable gum irritation.

Having spent a considerable amount of money to date I wondered if the panel of dentists could advise on proceeding with next stage of treatment?

Thank You.

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question (id # 943)


How often, if at all, should crowns/caps be replaced?

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question (id # 941)


I am having my top 4 front teeth crowned. Can you advise me of the difference these days (as opposed to 10/15 years ago) in techniques a good aesthetic dentist employs to determine the perfect colour long term to match the other teeth?

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question (id # 938)


I just had new crowns put on my upper teeth. I didn't like my smile with my new crowns...is there a way to correct the shape of the crowns so they would match my smile?

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question (id # 871)


I just had new crowns put on my front teeth and I can see whats left of the exisiting teeth through the crown. Is this common? Can it be fixed?

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question (id # 859)


My upper eye teeth used to have keen ends. My dentist thought it did not look esthetic and he shaped them plain. Now another dentist is telling me that it could affect my occlusion. He wants to put crowns on both eye teeth. Do you think this is necessary?  Thank you for your help.

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question (id # 852)


I recently at age 45 received 10 crown replacements for my upper teeth because I wanted them whiter. My dentist told me to go with his color because he had a procedure to make them whiter if I still wanted them whiter afterwards.
I did not like his colour and want them whiter but is it safe for him to make my crowns whiter. He told me that they all started out the same colour white and then had different tints put on them to make them shaded etc and that even though it was a process to get the gloss back that it could be done and he had done this already for 4 other patients who wanted them whiter afterwards.  What is your suggestion?  I really want them whiter but at the same turn, I have never heard of this.  The crowns are porcelain - the dentist said the white porcelain is under the colour they put on top and that he has to take off the top colour and then polish them until the gloss comes back.


 


 

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question (id # 688)



I want to replace one of my two crowns at the front due to the gap between the gum and the crown.  I understand the gap is caused by shrinkage of the gum.  What guarantee is there of a perfect match if I have it replaced without replacing the other perfectly good crown.

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question (id # 484)


Why is there a black line between my gum and crown and what can I do about it?

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question (id # 482)


I've been advised to have a night guard to protect my restored teeth (I had a problem with breaking teeth).  I am concerned that it might be bulky and would I be able to speak for example?

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question (id # 466)


What materials are crowns and caps made of?

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question (id # 464)


How long can crown and bridgework last or, to put it another way, how often would it need to be replaced, if at all?

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question (id # 462)


How can alterations in my teeth enhance my smile?

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question (id # 460)


Can you fix a broken porcelain crown?

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question (id # 458)


Should there be a ledge between my crown and the gum?

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question (id # 456)


Why is there a black line between my gum and crown and what can I do about it?

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question (id # 452)


I had my crown fitted and the tissue is still inflamed.  Should I go back to my dentist?

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question (id # 450)


I want to replace one of my two crowns.  What will the colour match be like?

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question (id # 446)


My dentist has recommended I have certain teeth crowned.  This is going to be costly so I should like to have another opinion as to why this might be necessary?

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question (id # 444)


Are all crowns, veneers, and bridges basically the same quality and what are they made of?

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question (id # 442)


I have heard about crown restorations made in the dentist's surgery and fitted the same day.  Can you elaborate?

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question (id # 440)


If my root  is cracked, should I have a crown or an implant?

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question (id # 438)


How long does it take to make crowns, bridges etc.?

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Why a crown?

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If my tooth breaks completely, does it have to be extracted?

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question (id # 1403)


Im a 20yr old girl. Last year my dentist gave me crowns for 3 of my front teeth. This was done immediately after removing my 2 year long braces treatment.

Initially, I was happy with my crowns, but slowly front teeth started to relapse outward. Now my crowns look very long and ugly, and have a protruding and a bulky look.

My facial expressions look strained. Unable to close my lips because of protruding front teeth. I have an inter-labial gap of 1 cm and with my upper teeth resting on my lower lip, my crowns and smile look horrible.

1). I feel smaller and thinner crowns can solve my problem. Can my dentist trim the existing crown or is it better to go for a new crown?

2). I heard that frequent replacement of crowns, can put inevitable stress on actual tooth. Is it risky to go new crowns?

3). Can you suggest any alternative solution?

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question (id # 1284)


I broke part of my porcelain crown off on the bottom back tooth, do I need to replace it or can it be repaired? It is the back part of it.(no food seems to get stuck or anything)Can I leave well enough alone, I feel I will be told to just replace it by all dentists. 


question (id # 1444)


Would you mind giving me your professional opinion about this onlay/crown, the one with the sticking up bit! It looks and feels bad to me. Is it ill-made and wrong? I call it my egg cup as it has no anatomy just what feels like a huge smooth hole where the cusp should be. It has never felt comfortable. The crown on the other side feels like part of my body.


Should my dentist have sent it back and complained to the lab rather than putting it in my mouth, hoping he'd get away with it? Sometimes I've thought about asking him to just take the wretched thing out but I've had so much dental work and dental negligence of late that I haven't been able to face yet another scene with a dentist.


Sometimes the dentist who placed the crown has been quite frightening in the things he says and in his manner towards me. I feel anxious about the damage the crown might be doing to my other teeth, but I also feel terrified to confront him with the fact that I don't think this crown is well made.


Since the crown was placed my mouth has never felt comfortable and sometimes I have quite severe pain that comes and goes. Could the ill-made crown be causing the pain? Also it has been in my mouth since early January, is it possible that it is damaging the opposing teeth? The dentist who placed the crown has adjusted the bite and it's okay, the opposing tooth somehow fits inside the large smooth egg cup dip, and sort of skates around. The corner of the opposing tooth does catch on the lower part of the raised edge. When I lie on my side at night then the opposing tooth touches the high part of the raised lip sometimes. 



How bad is this? Maybe it's not as bad as I think. I'm just desperate to save all my other healthy undamaged teeth and just limit the damage to the two first lower molars which have already been needlessly stolen from me because a dentist left the old fillings under the new ones when he replaced them. Both teeth developed stress fractures as a result. I have been made quite unwell physically and emotionally by the destruction of my healthy, lovely teeth, not to mention the huge expense of putting the damage right.


Best wishes, Katy



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question (id # 1441)


My dentist has just told me that my new crown will settle in a while but I cannot close my teeth together, I could before!!

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question (id # 1349)


Hello, really need this answered please: Before I had my seven upper front crowns fitted last week, my dentist recommended A2 shade but as I had bleached my bottom teeth and they came up good, I thought the A1 shade was much fresher - so we compromised and agreed that the main front four would be A1 and the rest A2. During fitting he informed me the technician had done them all A2! I was in a daze (lifelong fear of dentist) and couldn't respond with numbness and drilling etc. When I got home I thought they were ok but looked dead and yellow in most light. My bottom teeth are more like A1 but will not be in a hurry to bleach them again as so painful and gums bled. Really anxious as cost me huge ammount of money. Do I stick with the A2 knowing my bottom teeth will eventually darken? Or can I say to dentist about original plan and have the front four redone? I feel bad as they are lovely shape and fit and my dentist is also lovely. Please advice. Many thanks.

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question (id # 1348)


I posted a question recently which began "30 year old female" which four dentists very kindly responded to. Would it be possible to post another message updating the situation please.







Thank you very much for your responses to my question which were extremely helpful. I visited my dentist again today. I explained that I would have chosen a crown without a metal base if I had been given the option. My dentist said that she chose this as it is stronger than an all porcelain crown. She said that this type of crown costs more. However, she is willing to replace it and just charge me the difference, which is £138.00. I understand this should be a "bonded all porcelain" crown.







I have done some research online and understand that these are often fitted by cosmetic dentists. From what I can gather, my dentist is newly qualified. As mentioned in my previous post, she recently referred me to her colleague who specialises in cosmetic treatment for his opinion. She said that she could also bleach my gum as he suggested and possibly drill further to improve the gumline although she was concerned as this risks causing damage.







My dentist can begin the treatment in October if I wish to proceed. However, I am concerned that perhaps a specialist cosmetic dentist should be carrying out this kind of work.







Many thanks for your advice.







 

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question (id # 1402)


Im a 20yr old girl. Last year my dentist gave me crowns for 3 of my front teeth. This was done immediately after removing 2 year long braces treatment.



Initially, I was happy with my crowns, but slowly front teeth started to relapse outward. As my crowns were fitted just after removing braces, with no retainer given by my dentist, my front teeth relapsed more than ever. Now my crowns look very long and ugly, and have a protruding and a bulky look.



My facial expressions look strained. Unable to close my lips because of protruding front teeth. I have an inter-labial gap of 1 cm and with my upper teeth resting on my lower lip, my crowns and smile look horrible.



1). I feel smaller and thinner crowns can solve my problem. Can my dentist trim the existing crown or is it better to go for a new crown?



2). I heard that frequent replacement of crowns, can put inevitable stress on actual tooth. Is it risky to go new crowns?



3). Can you suggest any alternative solution?


question (id # 1399)


I broke a tooth with a large filling 2 weeks ago. On Friday my dentist 'prepared' the tooth for a crown and said that the root was not exposed, so did not need root canal treatment. As soon as the anaesthetic began to wear off I was experiencing 'electric shocks' that were severe and lasted for some seconds. (very miserable) in the last 2 days, (with an awful lot of Panadol and Nurofen) they are subsiding a little - they're not as severe, not as long, but still there!!! Should they be? I know that I have 'sensitive teeth' in so far as they often take a while to settle - but how long do I put up with this pain? I have very bad experience of root canal (leading to extraction in both previous cases) - I am extremely ashamed of my mouth - only 37 with 2 bridges and very, very ugly fillings - but please, I want to be out of pain and able to eat? How long?

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question (id # 1337)


I am a 30 year old female. Two months ago, I had a new crown fitted on my front tooth. I broke this as a child and due to an abcess had to have root canal treatment which also left me with a very dark gum.



My last porcelain crown had developed an unsightly black line below the gum over the years and therefore I decided to have it replaced.



I am an NHS patient but paid £500 for my dentist to replace the crown privately. Unfortunately, the new crown, although an improvement on the previous one, still has a black line which I immediately pointed out. My dentist referred me to see her collegue who is more experienced for a second opinion and I saw him today.



He said that I have been fitted with a ceramic crown with a metal base. He feels the problem could be either the metal base of the crown is visible or the dark root is showing through. Apparently, I have thin gums.



I have been told I can either have a new porcelain crown fitted, have my gum and root bleached or have a skin graft which is very invasive.



I feel the problem is the metal base as the temporary crown I had whilst I was waiting for this to be made, looked very good at the gum line and had no black line. I'm not so concerned with the dark gum as this is not as visible.



I have already paid a significant amount of money and feel unhappy to pay for another crown. Should my dentist have used a crown with such a visible metal base to begin with?



Many thanks

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question (id # 1282)


I have got two canine teeth which I really don't like due to their pointed shape.  I feel it gives me a serious smile.  This is why, I prefer to stay serious all the time to hide my ugly smile.  I wonder if these two teeth can be changed in shape to look straight like normal teeth.  I would like to know the cost if  possible.  Thank you

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question (id # 1134)


I had root canal treatment in India and had cap was fitted with cement. 3 days later i travelled to UK. On the flight after 4 hours the cap loosened and came out. is it possible?I can I refit the cap? How much will it cost?

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question (id # 1300)


What is the technical word for the "the bite surface of the tooth?"

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question (id # 1466)


I have a large gap inbetween my two front teeth which causes me distress and depression , I am now signed with a NHS dentist who are giving me porcelain crowns,

I went to have my temporary ones fitted and noticed the dentist had only done one tooth, I go back in 2 weeks to have the perminant crown fitted, but she told me I have to wait 3 months before they do my other tooth.. Why is that?

I'm more self conscious now as I have two completely different teeth ,my natural tooth is long and slim and the crowned tooth is short and rounded and it is very noticeable, why do I have to wait so long? is there anyway of doing my other tooth? asap 3 months is so long :


Thank you,

 


 

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question (id # 1483)


I had a tooth (2nd going back after lower right canine) root treated and crowned several years ago. This has now apparently failed according to two dentists and the area on the outside of the tooth is now infected.

The 1st dentist offered a choice of extraction, £600 specialist re-root treatment or a "recommended" procedure involving drilling through the bone to clean out the infection. This latter option I was told carried a very small risk of nerve damage though. I was asked to make the decision on the spot but decided I would like to try a further course of antibiotics-to buy some time as much as in hope.

I then saw a different dentist who said the only option was extraction as it was too infected. This would then be followed by a bridge. No mention was made of a specialist to re-treat it and I was told that no good dentist would recommend the previously recommended procedure as it was too dangerous due to the proximity of the nerve.

My symptoms include pus draining from the side of the tooth when the slight swellings are pressed (which relieves the pain). The swellings seem to appear when I eat but sometimes go down a short time later. I have unfortunately loosened the crown myself as I discovered accidentally that moving it seemed to help.

I do not want to lose the tooth if I can help it but cost is obviously a factor so my question is really about my options. I also don't really like the idea of further bridge work on two unrelated teeth if not necessary-especially if there is a possibility this might then fail also and leave me with three missing teeth.

Also why there is such dramatic differences of opinion - I thought dental treatment was about facts mainly? I am quite concerned that it might be impossible to get an objective opinion.

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question (id # 1505)


I have had a back molar prepared for the fitting of a crown. My previous dentist told me I had 3 options with NHS treatment (Gold, silver or white) or I could opt for a porcelain crown if I wanted to pay privately. I decided that I would go with the NHS white crown, even though it is on a back tooth I really dont want a gold or silver tooth. I have spent alot of time and money replacing my silver fillings with white ones. My new dentist has told me that due to the state of the tooth, my only option is a gold or silver crown. I am extremely upset at this and wondered 2 things:
1. If there is too much decay in a tooth, is a Gold/Silver crown really the only option?
2. Is there actually an NHS treatment that provides a white coloured crown?
Thank you

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question (id # 1511)


Lower wear front teeth due to habit bruxing. Not much space for crowns, should I do what my dentists says and have crown lengthing?

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question (id # 1514)


I had a tooth (premolar I think - 4 from the front) refilled some years ago. Recently the back of this tooth dropped off. My dentist suggested a lab. made white filling or a crown. While I was considering these options the filling dropped out, initially there was no pain but last week I began to get pain which I managed with co-codamol. The dentist has now said I should have the remaining part of the tooth extracted and then consider bridge or implant. I had hoped to save the tooth but she said there were signs of nerve damage on the x-ray and if the infection was cleared with root canal treatment infection could still reoccur and extraction was the best option. Doesn't root canal treatment involve sealing off the root nerve preventing further infection? Is there any way this front part of the tooth could be preserved? I am still in pain despite antibiotics.

question (id # 1524)


Hi,
I am 24 weeks pregnant and in need of some dental work but frightened of going to my dentist incase he tries to brush me off insisting I have my treatment privately. I have a tooth at the front of my mouth which has gone grey due to root canal, I also think I may need a couple of fillings also in teeth at the front of my mouth. Am I able to get the front teeth filled with white fillings and am I able to get my front tooth which has gone grey replaced with a porcelain crown on the NHS?
I have looked on the NHS website and it looks as it I may be able to do so, just wanted to get confirmation so that I know my rights when I do visit my dentist.

Many thanks

Clair

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question (id # 1535)


Could someone help me,please?I just signed a contract with my dentist for a smile make over which will cost me a fortune.we started with the upper teeth and needed 8 crowns.(i had 6 before which needed replaced anyway).the treatment was done,and crowns placed.the dr said he s going to make the crowns a bit larger so i can show some teeth when i talk/smile.the crowns came,colour ok.there was some problems with the size so he sent 4 back and cemented 4.the ones he cemented have a space between the gums and the crown ,i even can stick my nail in between!initially,when he replaced the 6 crowns i already had,he commented the crowns were very bad made and a distance came up in time (7 years though)between the gum and crown.in the beginning he also said i might need gum surgery but it will be included in the price of the contract.afterwards e decides i don t need it.and now some white lines appeared on 2 crownsand i m thinking maybe bcs they are larger they don t absorb the pressure well ...i don t know what to do.they costs me a lot and i wouldn t want to end up with the same problem i went with it,i don t think there should be a space between the gum and the crown.what are my options?would the dentist agree to change them ?do i need to cancel the contract and look for another dentist?please advice

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question (id # 1550)


My cosmetic dentist fitted for me 9 zirconium upper crowns for cosmetics reasons.The treatment was completed 1 month ago.However from the beginning I made him aware about 3 crowns having open margins.He said the problem is going to sort out by itself,which it didn t.I also can feel the margins quite rough.
This was the second set of crowns he fitted,the first ones had exactly the same problems but all 9of them.
I have an appointment with him next week,but when I first made him aware about the problem he seemed very reluctant in discussing it.
I have spent lots of money on these crowns and I wouldn t want to re-do them soon.
Please advice.
What should I do if he refuses to replace them?
Is he obliged to replace them?
Thank you for you time.

Marina

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question (id # 1557)


I have a 5 tooth right top bridge with 13 & 14 teeth as anchors, 15 &16 missing and then l7 an anchor. Last week #14 chipped and now when I smile there is an ugly gap there. The back side is still in place. Is there anything I can do to fill in that gap until I can see my dentist in a month? Thank you for your assistance.

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question (id # 1578)


Hi,
I am a 24 year old female. I had severe erosion of the enamel on my two front teeth due to sucking on lemons as a child. Recently I had my two front teeth crowned with zirconia crowns and they look great! However, it now feels like my back teeth don't touch as much as they should. My dentist did the paper test, having me chew on a piece of paper and said that it all looks fine but she did seem a little concerned with what I told her. Basically, it feels like when I close my mouth, my front teeth touch first and hardest and that's where all of the pressure is. The main issue with this is that I grind my teeth at night and my dentist worried that it could be bad for my new crowns. The first few days after I had the permanent crowns placed I woke up with terrible headaches from grinding, but now 5 days later I am not having those headaches. Honestly because my front teeth used to be so small, it may be that it just feels very different to me because the back teeth used to rest on each other and now that I actually have larger front teeth they don't. My dentist has grinded down the backs of my new crowns a little and it feels a little better but she didn't want to do anymore because of my overbite, stating my bottom teeth were just 1mm away from hitting the roof of my mouth. She even ground down my bottom teeth a little to help. Next time I go in she will do final adjustments (if any) and fit me for a night guard. Can you please tell me your thoughts on this? Is there supposed to be more pressure on the front teeth and if not, will it be that bad for my crowns?
Thank you,
Melanie

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question (id # 1634)


I had root canal treatment last year on one of my back teeth with a cap, the cause was a hairline crack in my tooth which in turn caused pain when I ate and drank. The treatment has been a complete success. My question is how much should this treatment have cost me on the NHS. I paid £204, but on reading information (and following a statement on the news this morning) I feel that I may have paid too much. If this is the case, how do I get my money back without ruining the relationship I have with my dentist?

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question (id # 1708)


What the difference, quality wise, between a NHS porcelain crown and a private crown costing £500.

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question (id # 1744)


My dental problems started 20 year ago with a small chip in one of my front teeth which my dentist at that time fitted with a cap. This ended up having root fillings followed by a bad abcess and I eventually lost the tooth and had a denture. Afterwards I couldn't get used to the denture and was still getting infection after infection which ended up with surgery on my gum at the dental hospital and the loss of the other front tooth. The hospital did treatment and fitted a bridge and gave me a mouth shield as I grind my teeth quite badly.
After 2 years the bridge broke and I had a new one privately fitted it cost over £1000 at the time and broke after 2 month. I had no luck with getting anything sorted at that dentist he would only offer to fix another but I would have to pay again. Over the years I have been to 4 other dentists and have lost another 5 teeth, mostly due to my severe grinding which they all knew about. At one point I ended up in hospital for a week when an abcess was so severe the swelling was affecting my breathing. I had a tube inserted after surgery to drain it and was given intravenous antibiotics.
All of the above left me with a very bad phobia not only of dental procedures but of my teeth, everytime I put a brush into my mouth I gagged and was so ill I couldn't clean my teeth and relied solely on antibacterial mouthwash.
Obviously this did not help matters and last month due to my own fault I developed what I hope is my last abcess and lost a wisdom tooth, this was done at the emergency dental clinic.
I have a new dentist after combatting my fears and have been told to come back to the practice in 2 weeks as everything would of died down by then and the antibiotics would be complete. At first I had planned to ask that they remove the remaining teeth as I've had enough, but after reconsidering I really want the teeth reconstructed where they have worn down and cracked and I also would like where possible to have gold caps as i already have 4 and these are the only teeth that have remained undammaged. I would love your advice on how to go about this, as when I have attempted to explain my problems in the past i.e bad grinding and my fear of dentistry nobody took me seriously or they gave promises on what they would do and the results were nothing like it
I have made great progress and can clean my teeth normally although it takes some resolve and just want some help to make my remaining teeth last.
Sorry for the very long winded post, I've actually cut a lot out lol. Any advice will be much appreciated by a gummy 45 year old.

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question (id # 1767)


I am an NHS patient and have been quoted £600 to replace a gold crown on a back tooth. I have spoken to receptionists at three other dentists (who have waiting lists for new patients but I need the crown now) who said they would charge only about £450. I have queried the price with my dentist but they say it is up to the practice director. Am I being charged too much or is this normal. I have been offered the lesser charges for porcelain or metal but as I had so little trouble with the gold one that lasted over 30 years this is what I would prefer. But I am struggling to find so much money all at once. Please could you put my mind at rest or advise what I could do. Thank you.

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question (id # 1774)


Hi, I've just had a front crown removed including the root as the root was fractured. I also have a dental plate with the two side teeth on, so the dentist added a front tooth on to my exsisting plate.\r\nMy question is, is it best to keep the plate in at night time, as I\'ve noticed the gum is starting to settle away from the new front tooth, which is now exposing more of the tooth and is concerned this will get worse?\r\nI hope that makes sense to you, any advise would be much appreciated.

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question (id # 1790)


Hi, I join a NHS dentist that also do private only found that out when I had a check up as my root canal filing from 20 years ago felt a bit sensitive, and she said it hadn't been done properly it is fine now, anyway I paid £18 for the check up and X-ray, she wants to re do my root canal for £31 which is fine, but also wants to charge me privately £40 for a Hygienist and £500 for a crown, my gums are perfectly healthy and my tooth is not sensitive at the moment so why do I have to some of it as private if I thought I was registering for a NHS dentist? And do you know of any National health dentist where I could pay for crown instead of paying privately. Salaries are extremely low where I live and I cannot afford private.

Many thanks,

Georgia.

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question (id # 1793)


I am an NHS patient and was fitted with a front crown less than 6 months ago. Too my utter horror, while at a friends BBQ it came out and got lost, we tried in vain to look for it. As it is a front tooth I am very self conscience. My question is, as it obviously should not have come out so unexpectedly soon and has been lost, could I reasonably expect be able to get another NHS replacement without any difficulties? as I'm concerned I might be refused and being out of work I cannot afford to pay.

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question (id # 1811)


I go to an nhs dentist, but choose to pay for a white filling when my old filling came out. This was 2 months ago and I am finding that the tooth no longer concerts to the tooth next to it so I am constantly getting food caught in it and my gum has become soar though that may be from the flossing My question is even though it was private treatment will the charge me if they need to do any more work on the tooth as it has only been 2 months

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question (id # 1810)


hi i had my veneer placed on only one of my front teeth but i am so unhappy its the wrong color and it is about 3 mm thicker than the rest of my teeth and it feels and looks so un natural is it wrong of me to want my dentist to redo it free of charge

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