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Help ! I have two crowns on my front teeth, one of which fell

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Help ! I have two crowns on my front teeth, one of which fell out. I returned to the dentist as soon as they could fit me in (4 days later) and was told that the post would need to be redone but that it may not be successful due to lack of bone available. He asked me to return a few days later. I returned and he provided no further treatment just explained options - another crown and post, bridge, denture or to go for implants. HELP. I have started to feel pain in the gum, not majorly but wonder why I have this.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

it sounds like you don't have enough bone in your front teeth to hold the crown in place.

Dr. David :

another crown most likely will fall out again.

Dr. David :

implants or dentures most likely will be a better long term solution.

Dr. David :

you could also have some gingivitis or inflammation of your gums possibly

Dr. David :

it sounds like your teeth are not in good shape.

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

can you tell me about the alternative options then please?

Dr. David :

implants are replacement tooth roots and provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth

Dr. David :

for dentures, you would pull all of your bad teeth and a metal or plastic fitting frame on the roof of your mouth would be created to help fit in teeth which are missing.

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

What are the best long term solutions - does a denture hurt and is a bridge an option ?

Dr. David :

dentures don't hurt.

Dr. David :

dental bridges uses crowns on both sides to fill in a missing tooth.

Dr. David :

however if your teeth are missing a lot of bone, these bridges can also fall out as well like your crowns have fallen out.

Dr. David :

it sounds like you don't have a lot of bone on your teeth.

Dr. David :

does this information help?

Dr. David :

do you have any other questions?

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

Yes not sure which option to look at as have been told that another post and crown is an option but to consider other options. I have only had these crowns for 3 years. My crown fell

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

off and some of the underneath tooth with it

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

I seem to be getting more pain and sensitivity now.

Dr. David :

yes, that can happen as more and more bone is lost.

Dr. David :

and the nerve of the tooth gets more exposed.

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

I had root canal treatment before post and crown fitted

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

not sure what to do...

Dr. David :

you can try another crown or bridge to cover up the area.

Dr. David :

but if it falls off again, you might need to go for implants or dentures.

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

would it be worth looking at another crown?

Dr. David :

sure you can try that again and see if it stays for a few years possibly.

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

okay thanks

Dr. David :

you are welcome

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

is it likely its infected now ?

Dr. David :

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JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

some of the tooth fell out

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

most likely not infected.

Dr. David :

just sensitive from more exposed nerve from lack of bone on your tooth.

JACUSTOMER-dlsa2i4e- :

okay thank you

Dr. David :

. thanks


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