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  • Crowns and Decay: Decay was found under the gum line on a crowned tooth. My Dentist insists the old crown must be removed and replaced. Is this true? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • My dentist told me that there was decay on one of my porcelain crowns. Is that possible? Does the actual crown decay? ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Crown replacement: Today I was told I need to have 2 crowns replaced due to decay under the crowns. The crowns are numbers 14 & 15. I have had 15 for 10 years. The 1st crown never fit properly. Last year, due to grinding, I had both crowns replaced. When 15 was replaced last year it was very difficult to put in due to very little tooth surface. I can't afford to replace crowns every year! Would a dental inplant be a better option? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • My dentist said I had leakage under the crown on tooth 12, 13 and 14. I'm not sure how long these have been in but they aren't causing problems. What will happen if I do nothing? ... Visitor from KY     (answer)

  • Bad Crown and Decay in 1.5 years: I had a root canal and crown done about 1 1/2 years ago. When I went to see my dentist for my checkup this week, she said my best option would be to pull out the tooth, as there are signs of decay underneath. She said this was caused by a cracked crown somewhere not visible. She said she wasn't sure if the root was cracked, but it looked like it as the grey area followed a curve. She said it wasn't worth it to redo the crown. I have no pain or discomfort whatsoever, and the crown is not loose. Are there any other options besides extraction? I'm really upset about this as it cost a lot of money and it is a tooth I need! (first molar bottom) ... Visitor from Alberta Canada     (answer)

  • Decay in under 5 years: What is the ethical thing for the dentist to do when decay forms underneath a crown less than 5 years old? Replace free of charge? Give a discount for the replacement? Charge the usual amount? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

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