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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Is crown needing replacing?

07/18/2008

Question:

hi. i have my front two upper teeth crowned and recently there appears to be a gap between the back of one of them and my gum. i cannot afford to have them replaced yet and wondered if there was any reason to be concerned. i was also told by a friend that had the same problem that they put toothpaste for sensitive teeth in the gap to prevent infection

Answer:

Generally this gap is due to changes in the gums themselves. This may be a naturally occurring change due to age, since the gums tend to recede as we get older. If it is a gap between the crown and the tooth where the crown fits over the tooth, the crown should be replaced. The toothpaste will not help either situation.

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University