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My crown seems defective, please help!

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Posted by: NovBand  (9 years ago)
I get a crown on one of my upper teeth yesterday. Last night, I noticed a white spot on it. I went back to the dentist today and he said it was gold. He patched it and covered it with white. It seems too high. I think the crown was not made properly but the dentist does not want to make a new one. What should I do? I was not really satisfied with the result. Please advise.
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I get a crown on one of my upper teeth yesterday. Last night, I noticed a white spot on it. I went back to the dentist today and he said it was gold. He patched it and covered it with white. It seems too high. I think the crown was not made properly but the dentist does not want to make a new one. What should I do? I was not really satisfied with the result. Please advise.

Probably not enough reduction on the tooth was done. A minimum of 1.5 millimeters, and preferably 2, is necessary for a porcelain crown. The metal showing through is a cosmetic, not a functional problem. You will have to decide whether it is worth it to you to have the crown cut off, tooth reduced more, and new impression. Doing this will increase the chance that the pulp of the tooth will die.

Next time, consider partial coverage gold crowns. They require much less tooth reduction and are more durable.
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