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    Old 04-13-2019, 02:10 PM   #1
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    Number 9 Crown

    During the month of September and October 2017, I had a total of 18 Crowns.
    I'm having a problem with just one of the Crowns which is #9. There was very little tooth so when the dentist used the drill to grind down the tooth there was very little tooth to attach the Crown to. As a result, the Crown had came off just yesterday for the 5th time. I have an appointment to see the Dentist on Tuesday and have two choices which are (1) root canal with a metal post and new Crown or (2) an implant. The Dentist will most likely leave the decision with me. Would appreciate your thoughts. Many thanks.

     
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    Old 04-14-2019, 03:47 AM   #2
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    Re: Number 9 Crown

    Impants are fantastic as they look like "real" teeth and when they are done correctly, they can last forever; BUT they are not a one stop job.

    To have an implant done, they first need to make sure there is enough bone in the jaw to screw it into- if there isnt, they use bone grafts (which these days are usually synthetic bone- sometimes they use real bone from cadavers) and that needs to be placed under the skin and left alone for about 6-8 weeks to heal....(in the meantime they will give you a temporary crown in the area)- then, they take a mold, and have to make the implant in the lab (another week or so) and while doing this, they put the post into the jaw- which is done under novacaine- you wont feel it, but you'll have a metal post which needs to heal.... the temp crown will go on top. After another few weeks when this heals, they will eventually place the implant.

    Implants are expensive- they run anywhere from 2500-4000$ per implant...but they should last forever. I have 2 of them and I am very happy with mine. My husband has 4 of them and he has dentures screwed into his- and he is thrilled as well.

    If you go with a new crown- go with the root canal and the post. I had that for 10 years before it went bad- which is a pretty good run of time- before I went with the implant because my teeth shifted and it just didnt look great anymore...(in between, I wore Invisilign to get my teeth straight before I invested in the implant)..

    Either way, dental work is a pain because it is never "one step"- but your mouth is the first thing people notice, so do what you must to feel good about yourself.
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    Old 04-14-2019, 07:08 AM   #3
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    Re: Number 9 Crown

    Many thanks for your reply. Fortunately, I do have enough bone for an implant. I have dental insurance and can afford both procedures ($3065 versus $1385). I'm leaning toward the root canal, metal post and new crown which would take two visits and about 10 days versus an implant that would take 5 months. I just want some assurance that the metal post and new crown will remain in place and not fall out. I'm 79 years old. If I was twenty years younger, it would be an implant.

    In a previous message, I mentioned that I have a dental flipper for #7 which I strongly dislike and with this tooth, I have no choice but an implant and fortunately have enough bone so the procedure should take 5 months. During this time the dental flipper will be used when I'm outdoors.

    Fortunately, I have a dentist who does it all so its one stop shopping. The other dentist nearby just do basic dentistry (no root canals, implants, bone grafts).

    Again, many thanks for your reply.

     
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    Old 04-14-2019, 05:57 PM   #4
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    Re: Number 9 Crown

    Berkely, my crown lasted 11 years before I replaced it and it would have lasted longer, but I decided to do the Invisalign which changed my teeth- so I had to either replace the crown or do the implant. I chose the implant. I think a good dentist can keep the crown in for the next 15 years without a problem, if thats what you want to do- go for it!
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    Old 04-19-2019, 03:11 PM   #5
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    Re: Number 9 Crown

    Implants require regular maintenance like your regular teeth. This is very true especially if all one has is dentures attached to them. They get plaque and tarter too.

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