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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants
Is crown needing replacing?
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
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.
Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University