Broken Crown on tooth with root canal done
I had a root canal done on the top left, furthest back tooth maybe about 3 years ago (can't remember exactly). It originally had a crown on top,
and when they did the root canal job they drilled through the crown (and weakened it, I think). After maybe about a year or so after the root canal,
my crown chipped -- it was enough to have a sharp edge that only nipped the side of my mouth a little bit. But I didn't want to pay another $XXXX for a
new crown replacement (my dentist has always tried to rip me off, to the point where I ALWAYS check with my insurance before paying them anything, and
EACH TIME my insurance tells me they're overcharging me). So since I had no cavities or infections/etc, I decided to bite the bullet so to speak and live
with the chipped crown for a while first.
Several months ago it chipped again (another good chunk of the crown).
And just this weekend I was eating something sticky and tacky-like, and there was a "crunching". It was later that I realized my crown had chipped again.
The dentist told me it would cost about $600-800 for a new crown. Do I need to get it?
There is no pain. I floss everyday, and still see the hygenist regularly (they actually gave me a perio maintenance cleaning about a week ago too...which
also might've weakened the crown or something) and she didn't mention anything other than "are you aware you have a broken tooth back here?"
As far as I understand my teeth are clean and I have no cavities, although I have not had any X-rays done recently.
What would be the best advice to follow, instead of spending on crown after root canal after crown after root canal...?