Q: Recently, six old crowns and their posts came off the front upper teeth that they were attached to. My dentist wants to do all new posts and crowns. Why cant he just re-glue the old work back onto the teeth? Dan in West Boca
A: Well, Dan, you can consider yourself lucky that he can save the teeth. You know the expression: “I complained about not having a nice pair of shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”? There are many patients in your predicament who cannot save any of the teeth and must have them all extracted and replaced with dental implants and crowns, or, due to finances or lack of bone, where false teeth (dentures).
Let’s get to the “root” of the problem (sorry for that one.) Over time the cement often washes out from underneath crowns and posts, which were originally cemented to the inner walls of the root canal’s channels. Most patients who insist to just “glue” these failed restorations back in the mouth will eventually get massive decay below the gum line, which will make the teeth hopeless. You must have at least a two-millimeter circular band of healthy tooth structure left above the gum line in order save these teeth with new posts and crowns. If not, they must be removed and, ideally, replaced with dental implants: titanium anchors, which support new crowns.
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Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts the “Tooth Talk” radio show live on Fridays at 11am and Tuesdays at 8:30am on WBZT AM1230. (www.radiotoothtalk.com) On staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Mitchell Josephs is on the Faculty Advisory Board at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-DRTOOTH (888-378-6684) or visit www.palmbeachdentist.com