What do you know about carbon fiber posts and zirconium crowns for teeth?
February 20, 2010 2:30 PM Subscribe
Is my dentist upselling me on a carbon fiber post and zirconium crown for a root canal on a front tooth?
posted by KimikoPi to health & fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently got a root canal on an anterior bottom tooth that was infected. The dentist told me zirconium crowns were new, stronger, and looked the most natural (no dark line at the gumline). For $1200, I elected to get the zirconium crown. This is in Los Angeles. My dental HMO does not cover the zirconium crown. Not a big deal.
But...I am also wondering about the carbon fiber he used as the post in the tooth. He did not tell me before the procedure that I could choose between a stainless steel and carbon fiber post. During the procedure, he sort of announced to me that he would be using a carbon fiber post because my tooth was so small and he said a carbon fiber post would not show through the tooth like a metal post might. I cannot verify this anywhere. The stainless steel post would be totally covered under my insurance and free to me. The carbon fiber post cost me $250 out of pocket.
I am wary of upselling dentists, especially with respect to patients on HMO plans. I will be switching back to a PPO dental plan during my company's next open enrollment period.
Anybody else have experience or knowledge of 1) carbon fiber posts and 2) zirconium crowns?