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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Can replacing my protruding crown in the front tooth weaken it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have six upper teeth on the left side. My dentist gave me a partial denture. I have four implants on my lower jaw to support the lower denture. Before three weeks, my dentist made a crown for the front tooth due to dental caries. The dental assistant said that the crown appeared long. Wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi,Welcome to am an implant specialist. Your dentist could have shaped the tooth for proper alignment according to the central and lateral incisors. You might have dentinal hypersensitivity due to the trimming of natural teeth. Excess trimming can lead to fracture, chipping, or crackin...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a Maryland bridge to move in different directions?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. Can a Maryland bridge or any bridge move up, down, right or left?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your question, what I can understand is that you are asking if a bridge can move during the act of talking or chewing. If that is what you meant, then the answer is no, because the bridge is cemented to the adjacent teeth firmly. It will never move but in case i...  Read Full »

Is resizing of retainer necessary after getting a new crown?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a former patient of braces. I have gotten a crown on one of my teeth after braces, and I am not sure if I need to get a new retainer, get a resizing to fit my crown and my other teeth, or neither. To be honest, I have not been the best with my retainers, but I am not sure if that w...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Wecome to Retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment as they keep all the corrections achieved during the orthodontic treatment intact till bones and surrounding tissues mature. In general, it takes approximately one year for this process to complete since the end of...  Read Full »

When I went to fit the new crown, the dentist cut part of my retainer. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor,I got a root canal on my #32, and when I went to fit the new crown, my dentist cut part of my clear plastic bottom retainer. It does not bother me when I wear them, but I am concerned that now my back tooth is not fully covered. The other side of my bottom last tooth is fully covered by...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Retainers are a very important part of orthodontic treatment as they keep all the corrections achieved during the orthodontic treatment intact till bones and surrounding tissues mature. In general, it takes approximately one year for this ...  Read Full »

Why does food get stuck between the dental crown and the adjacent tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I placed a dental crown on my first upper premolar tooth. Now, food gets stuck between it. My second premolar tooth also has a crown. When I use floss between them, I hear a click sound. What is the solution?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have food lodgement. Your crown has not been made properly. Kindly send an image of the area where the food gets accumulated and I will also inspect the crown. Kindly send the image. Flossing is a good habit. But new crown should not have this issue. You can use Bet...  Read Full »

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 »

Are there any alternate options to root canal treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has been told he needs a root canal on two of his teeth. He has had seven root canals in his life and then crowns on those teeth. He is 49 and has now lost all of the teeth that he had root canals and crowns on. He has problems with the crowns. They tell him he has a small ...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If his teeth need a root canal treatment, the best way to save them will be to get the teeth capped. Root canal treated teeth become fragile and needs to be capped without fail. For a proper treatment, after getting a root canal treatment done, I suggest you consult a...  Read Full »

How to reshape my two upper front teeth that are big?

Query: Hello doctor, Two of my front teeth are big. I want them to be reshaped and made smaller. Is it possible? If yes, how much will it cost and is there any side effect?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it can be done by a process called as smile designing, in which an impression of the teeth will be taken and models prepared. Then, the clinical evaluation and model examination will be done and an appropriate reduction in teeth size will be done followed by place...  Read Full »

When can we do post and core reconstruction on a tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have several worries about my teeth. Can you please help me with the concern? Is my fifth upper right tooth suitable for post and core reconstruction? From the X-ray, what is the state of my teeth? Do they look worrying? Is there anything I should worry about? Are my gums receding o...  Read Full »

Dr. Akmal Albert Asham Abdelmalek

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your canine's gum line, it is not looking bad. It is normal for the gum line on the canines to be slightly higher than the adjacent teeth. As long as the root is not visible, there is no problem. To avoid any gum recession, be careful with your tooth brus...  Read Full »

Is cap a good option to close a small gap between the front two teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small gap between the front two teeth. I am planning to use a cap. Is it a good option, or is there any other effective better option available?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Kindly upload an image of the front teeth that would help me to determine the nature of the gap and tooth angulation. I will walk you through the necessary and best management needed to resolve the issue once and for all. If the gap is betw...  Read Full »

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