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Hello. My temporary tooth fell off and I saw my tooth shaved down like a triangle. Its not smooth and not even. It looks like my tooth and not like something else was placed on it. The tooth looks grayish on the sides and its not the temporary clay.

Dear Tom,

Core buildups can have many different appearances. Usually they are made of a material that is not the same shade as a tooth. It helps a dentist differentiate between the core material and the tooth structure that remains. In your case you may be looking at the remains of your natural tooth structure and if there was core material it sometimes can be left inside the temporary crown that has come out.


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Lawrence Spindel DDS,


Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care


Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

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1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

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OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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