I have xexcellent dental health. At my 6 month checkup, the dental probe foud a cavity at the base of my 5 year old lower molar crown. Xrays did not show anything. One dentist wants to remove and replace the crown; another says he can fill the cavity without removing the crown. The dentist who wants to replace the crown says if not, he will be "working in the dark" and if he does not get the whole cavity, it could lead to nerve damage, a root canal, a post and then a crown but he will do it if I want.I'm 61 with all of my teeth and no root canals. your opioinion please? Thank you.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 04 - June - 2012, at 02:45 AM

  • BETHANY, it is recommended to get the whole thing replaced rather than undergoing a repair and only keep the repair an option only if you can't afford the re-treatment.

  • Bethany

    Bethany 01 - June - 2012, at 10:56 AM

  • I have had a gold crown on my last top molar for 11months. At my check up, my dentist said there is now a HOLE in the gold crown. He wants to drill and fill it. I think this will compromise the integrity of the crown. How do I get him to replace the crown rather than temporarily fix it??? Am I right in thinking the filling will damage the crown?

  • Ted Adams

    Ted Adams 20 - May - 2012, at 07:54 AM

  • I have a cavity below a crown. My dentist said I need to have a root canal before he can fill it. He did not suggest I needed to have the crown removed and replaced. Do I need a root canal before I have the cavity filled? Thanks, Ted Adams

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 27 - April - 2011, at 20:01 PM

  • It depends if he doen't have to section the dental crown to remove it and the dental crown comes out as such then after the treatment he can put that dental crown back but if he has to section dental crown to remove then you have go for another new dental crown.

  • angela

    angela 27 - April - 2011, at 15:55 PM

  • He put the crown on and I was very suspicious of him, and had it x-rayed yesterday at the local college, and there is decay beneath the new crown, clearly seen on the x-ray. I'm going to a new dentist on Monday. Do you think the new dentist can take the new crown off, clean the decay, and put the new crown back on? Or will I have to have a new crown. I don't have enough money for another crown, but don't think the bad dentist will give me my money back. He's very rude, and I don't want to go back to him. Otherwise, I'll have to have it pulled I guess.

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