Is this really just a totally routine and normal procedure I am overthinking?
November 6, 2012 6:40 PM Subscribe
Trying to figure out if/when I should get a dental crown replaced.
posted by leedly to health & fitness (5 answers total)
As a child I fell off my bike and one of my top front teeth broke. I had a dental crown which has felt fine/no problems for over 10 years. Today, I had a lengthy diagnostic appointment at a school of dental medicine, as I have insurance through the affiliated university. They told me that the top of the crown was separating slightly and was getting soft and that I needed to get it replaced. They proceeded with setting up appointments and I sort of went along with it, but am now having second thoughts.
I have never had any kind of pain or infection near the crown, and I have good oral hygiene. I don't have a good sense of how long a crown is supposed to last. My insurance covers 100% of all preventative and minor restorative procedures (like fillings), and 60% of major procedures like this crown. My dentist was also pushing for me to get the crown done in Nov/Dec, because I have a certain maximum amount of benefits each calendar year.
I feel like this is happening very fast - my next appointment is on Friday, which I am supposed to confirm tomorrow. I thought about getting a second opinion as to whether this procedure was necessary, but I don't know if that is kosher at a school of dental medicine. I sort of feel like waiting a while to get the crown done because I feel unsure about things, but of course understand the benefits of getting it done this year in case something catastrophic happens next year. So, any thoughts about whether this is something I should just proceed with? Or information on the longevity of dental crowns?