Common "Crowns" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


A tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its size, shape, and color is called a dental crown. A dental crown is used to protect a damaged or decayed tooth, to prevent the tooth from cracking after a root canal treatment, to hold a dental bridge, and to cover a yellowish or discolored tooth.

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I have gaps between teeth after braces. Please help.

Query: Hello, About 5 years ago I had wire braces for my teeth. And to have the braces on, I had 4 teeth extracted because my teeth were overcrowded. As far as I know, a lot of orthodontists take out premolars to create space. But for some reason my orthodontist took out 2 premolars, 1 molar on my bottom l...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes orthodontists do extract molars if there is very severe crowding of the teeth. In your case, as you said there was severe crowding. Now you have space present where the molars where previously present and hence you are unable to chew properly. Is your second mol...  Read Full »

I had an RCT done in my tooth. Is a simple filling sufficient?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a root canal on my 31 molar. Only a corner of my tooth was removed, not even half. I am concerned about the cost of the crown which I know could be very expensive even with insurance. Is it possible this can be filled with a simple filling instead of a crown?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. Crown placement after root canal treatment will happen once the tooth is particularly shaped and prepared for it. It is also followed by an impression making of that shaped tooth. If this step has been done, ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to wait for two weeks to get the busted cap repaired?

Query: Hello doctor, I have busted my tooth about two months ago. I tried to consult a dentist. The first dentist told me a huge cost for pulling it and the titanium screw. Went to the second dentist for a second opinion. He said I have to wait for another two to four more weeks to even get started. Does ...  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have mentioned that the present tooth problem has been there for two months. You have already had a crown in the same tooth before eight months. Have you undergone a root canal treatment for the same? It would be better if you could attach the following: 1. An ...  Read Full »

Can hemisection be done in a molar with crown and abscess?

Query: Hello doctor, My crown has become loose as there is decay inside the crown and around half the edge but not visible. I was told that the tooth is stable underneath. I saw one endodontist who said to rule out the implant and that he would do a root canal but bone and gum are less than ideal and 50-50...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Seeing the recent X-rays (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it is obvious that the distal root has an abscess and should be removed. Hemisection might be a good idea but it alone cannot withstand the biting force and if you can afford it, then go for a mo...  Read Full »

I have a gap between my two front teeth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a gap between my two front teeth. I feel insecure to the point where I do not smile with my mouth wide open. I told my dentist about this. She said she cannot give me braces. What should I do? Is there anything else I can ask my dentist to give me other than braces to close my gap?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can ask your dentist to make zirconium crowns for that two front teeth like a bridge over it to close the gap. He will reduce your teeth little bit from all sides and will take an impression first and give a temporary crown for a few days. Later, when the crown i...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an apt crown for an endodontically treated molar.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old. What type of crown is recommended for an endodontically treated upper molar (tooth #26), solid zirconia or eMax? I am worried about the abrasive effects Zirconia might have on the opposing dentition. Will a zirconia crown cause secondary caries under the crown as a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Zirconium crown will be a better choice because you are young. If the tooth is properly adjusted, that is, if the crown placement is done properly, there will not be abrasive effects. Yes, it costs a little more than ceramic or porcelain-fused metal crown, but they wil...  Read Full »

Which type of caps are advisable for me after RCT?

Query: Hello doctor, I went for five root canals on front teeth. Which type of caps are advisable single or joined?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, caps are advisable but single is best. Joined or bridge has a drawback. If any side of the joined cap is loose or any damage comes, then the whole bridge is removed. In single if one particular tooth or cap has any problem or any damage, then the single cap will...  Read Full »

My mother has sensitivity after getting crowns placed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother aged 62 years went to a dentist because she felt something sour was secreted out of it. The doctor said that there was a decayed tooth on both sides. The doctor filled the gap between the teeth, did enamel treatment, and put a cap on four of her lower jaw teeth. She did not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your mother. The history started after ten days which means there will be something wrong with the prosthesis (bridge). I think there must be chipping off of the sealant (the material that fixe...  Read Full »

What happens if a crown is not placed post-root canal?

Query: Hello doctor,Should every root canal-treated tooth get a post and core, and crown? What happens if it is not done? The tooth is upper 4 with a class-2 cavity and was restored by composite.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, all teeth are not post and core treated. However, we recommend a crown for all such teeth as the teeth become fragile after a root canal treatment. Post and core is done if there is an extensive loss of the crown of the tooth due to decay or fracture. In your cas...  Read Full »

I would like to understand the treatment plan for my cavities. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I do not have lot of money. I would like to avoid unnecessary procedures since my dentist has been recommending a lot of procedures lately. On my treatment plan, I have two partial crowns (onlay on teeth in my lower left side) and three regular composite fillings on teeth 19, 21 (lower le...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. After seeing the X-rays, it seems you already have filled all cavities. I do not see more cavities which need to be filled. You have two crowns which also seem to be fine. You only need to get routine scaling and polishing...  Read Full »

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