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Loose crown

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Posted by: moonlight  (10 years ago)
Hello Doc!

My permanent crown became loose and I had it re-cemented four years ago. It has been fine until
lately, I noticed that it is loose again. It's even wiggly. My dentist said it's wiggling because of the loose post and there is a possibility that it will break off anytime. He told me he cannot re-cement it anymore because the tooth underneath the crown will be pulled out. My only option is to get an implant or a bridge. Is this correct? I am thinking of going to other dentist who can redo the crown. Any suggestions, please!

Thank you very much!
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Hi moonlight!

Your dentist is right; a crown that comes loose should always be completely redone – always, always!

There is a reason that the crown got dislodged, usually due to a cement gap that is too wide. Over time the cement washes out and erodes meaning micro-leaks develop, and that leads to caries. Unnoticed, these can rot away at the tooth stump.

So even if your modified crown lasts for a while, you will suffer twice the damage when your tooth stump is destroyed.
Liebe Grüße JB
Posted 10 years ago
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Posted by: moonlight  (10 years ago)
Informative and thorough. I will have a chat with my dentist then. Thanks Doc!