Can the coronation of my tooth wait until January '09 when my treasury will be filled?
May 15, 2008 6:56 AM Subscribe
How long can I wait after a root-canal on a molar to get a crown put on?
posted by elkerette to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
So I took rotten care of my teeth for the last few years (went through an irresponsible "Mummy isn't forcing me to go, so I won't" stage coupled with a move to a new city away form my family dentist).
I had some pain in back molar and, after doing copious research, found a great dentist here in Toronto.
Thus far, he has performed:
1 dental exam
1 full xray
1 partial xray
2 scalings (preventative and perio)
1 basic filling
1 root canal
1 “restorative service” on the root canal tooth
I had booked three further appointments. 1 to take care of some small cavities located under a sealant placed by my former dentist. 1 to prep my root canaled tooth for a crown and 1 to place the actual crown.
My dentist (and the Canadian Dental Association's website) indicate that post-root canal your tooth needs the support of a crown in order to prevent cracking and futher damage (since it is now essentially dead).
My problem is that I have just reached the maximum dental benefit of $1500 that my company insurer is able to pay for the calendar year.
Needless to say, I am loathe to pay $1500 or so for a new crown when my benefits provider should be covering 50% of that cost.
My question: how long post-root canal can I wait until getting the crown placed without risking damaging my tooth too badly? Can I wait until January 2009 when Great West Life will kick in its share?
Further info: the dentist in his "restorative service" on the root canal, removed the temporary filling and replaced it with a permanent one. It's not like I still have the piece of putty in my tooth...
I know you are not necessarily a dentist, nor are you MY dentist, but I would really appreciate your advice!