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

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

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 »

What should I do for gum irritation below premolar crown due to food lodgement?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my crown on premolar. Food gets stuffed in here and irritates. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to One of the following options will help you get rid of this problem. 1. If there is only slight irritation and impaction of food between the crown tooth and the adjacent teeth, I would advise the simple use of dental floss to maintain cleanliness, and your complai...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get a chipped root canal treated tooth patched?

Query: I was eating popcorn and I felt something weird happened. I noticed that I had chipped a piece of my tooth's filling out. The nerve of this tooth has already been taken out and it has a filling going down to the root, but should I get it patched up anyway? Please take a look at the picture.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ This is your Dentist - I went through your query and the attached Image. Am very sorry for the inconvenience caused. As a Specialist am here to help you. Nothing to worry , Its a minor chip off might be due to accidental chewing of hard food. No fillings needed . As you...  Read Full »

How to refix my fallen tooth cap at home?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you please help me to fix the tooth cap at home. I have a small kid, so I am not able to go to the hospital that too in this pandemic situation I do not want to take risks. Please tell me a fixer name to fix the cap.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The fixer we use to place a cap is not available commercially. And even placing the cap in correct way is also a challenge otherwise it might get accidentally dislodged and swallowed. So, kindly avoid any such complication for now. Kindly keep the cap safely and...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hey, recently i got a dental crown for my first upper premolar tooth but i noted that food get stuck between it and the my 2nd premolar tooth which is also has a crown and when i use floss between them i dont hear a click, what is the solition??? Thanks  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello,Welcome to ICLINIQ This is your Dentist - I went through your query . Am very sorry for the discomfort. As a Specialist am here to help you. Since you get food lodgement ,The Crown has not been made properly . Kindly Uplaod an image of the area where the food gets accumulated and I will a...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi Team, Hope you are doing good. I have a small gap between front two teeths. I am planning to use cap. Is it a good option or is there any other effective better option available.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello Ma'am ,Welcome to ICLINIQ- This is your Dentist - I went through your query Ma'am , am very sorry for the inconvenience. As a Specialist am here to help you. 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 ...  Read Full »

How to save my molar tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. A few days ago, I had a toothache on my molar teeth and have mobility when touched. I have a big hole in that tooth from my childhood. I guess the black circle is the vein of the tooth. I could not afford to get an implant tooth. I had pain in that tooth a year back...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is clear that this tooth is decayed with loss of large crown structure. The decay has also spread to the roots.  As you have mentioned, there is some mobility on touching the tooth and some...  Read Full »

I have discomfort after capping my teeth. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my 7 upper teeth capped since gap was there. After capping, mouth is in trouble. Restlessness is there, gums stretch. Can I go for single capping as I had earlier on my teeth?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. I am very sorry for your inconvenience. Two things are possible. There might be a highpoint in the bridge that creating a restlessness or pain upon biting or the dentist should have-not seen the X-ray first, might need a root canal of other t...  Read Full »

Can accidentally swallowing tooth crown cause any problem?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend had accidentally swallowed tooth crown an hour ago, she is not facing any problem till now, what should she do, kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern but I think as so much time has already passed and by God's grace everything is fine then I think it has not gone into the airway, problem erupts only when it gets stuck in the airway, it might have gone down through the digestive tract and ...  Read Full »

Is a post required for my root canal treated tooth?

Query: Hi,Could you please review the attached photos and x-ray taken before treatment, post root canal and post temporary filing. Please let me know whether a post is required. Or is core filling with crown sufficient?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to By looking at your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that there is an adequate original tooth structure for placement of crown without a post. You can also do away with the post if you need to. The post gives additional support to your te...  Read Full »

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